Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics. And since we’ve been fielding questions from eager entrepreneurs about the ins and outs of California employment law lately, let’s touch on a few of the basic employment laws in California.
There are certain things you need to know if you’re considering starting a business in California. California is a very employee-friendly state, and the myriad of state employment laws supports this. And if you intend to hire five or more employees, things can get even trickier. Remember to speak with experienced legal counsel to ensure that your employment practices are in line with both state and federal laws.
You Cannot Discriminate in Your Employment Decisions
Both California and federal law prohibit California employers from discriminatory practices. As an employer, you may not discriminate against an applicant or employee because of:
· national origin,
· marital status,
· sexual orientation,
· gender identity, (insert link here)
· medical condition,
· political activities or affiliations, (insert link here)
· status as a victim of domestic violence (or assault or stalking), (insert link here) or
· genetic information.
Additionally, an employer may not discriminate in job postings, interviews, promotions, benefits, pay, discipline, performance reviews, layoffs, or termination.
To learn more about California employment law and how it may affect your business, contact employment lawyer Drew E. Pomerance today.