The California Fair Employment and Housing
Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination against applicants,
employees, unpaid interns, and volunteers based on race, religious
creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental
disability, medical condition (specifically cancer-related conditions
and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status,
sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and
older), sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. It includes
discrimination based on a perception that a person is a member of
a protected class or is associated with a person who is, or is perceived
to be, a member of a protected class.
The state Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh Act) prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment),
race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability (including
the use of guide dogs), medical condition, genetic information, marital
status, or sexual orientation in business practices or franchising,
among other things.