It is against the law for employers, employment agencies, and labor unions to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual or affectional orientation, national origin or ancestry, familial status, age, disability, marital status or status with regard to public assistance in:
The following examples of prohibited acts of discrimination are for illustrative purposes only. In some circumstances there are exceptions that may apply such as when based on business necessity or bona fide occupational qualifications.
A labor union cannot deny an applicant or member equal membership rights in the union.
An employer cannot refuse to hire an applicant on the basis of the applicant’s membership in or association with a member of a protected class.
The Ordinance also applies to employment agencies; it cannot refuse or fail to accept, register, properly classify or refer for employment any person on the basis of a person’s membership in or association with a member of a protected class.
It is unlawful for an employer, employment agency or labor organization to request information related to the protected classes before one is employed or becomes a member. Unless such information is required by law or is exempted under the Ordinance.
It is unlawful for an employer with 15 or more full time employees to refuse to make a reasonable accommodation for a known disability of a qualified disabled person unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
If you believe that you have been discriminated in the area of employment, please contact us. You can initiate a complaint of discrimination by filing out our online intake questionnaire
, calling us at (651) 266-8966 or email