Workplace Discrimination & Retaliation: Definition & Laws


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Martin is 21. He was denied a promotion because his employer didn't want to promote someone so young, even though Martin was qualified. Which employment discrimination law was violated?

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1. Marilyn filed a sex discrimination complaint alleging she was denied a promotion because of her sex. She was denied a raise at her annual review, which occurred shortly after her complaint. Her complaint served as the basis for the decision. The complaint was found to be without merit. Does Marilyn have a claim under either FEHA or federal law?

2. Carl has a family history of mental illness. Which of the following laws prohibit an employer discriminating against Carl because of this history?

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By reading the worksheet and taking the quiz, you can check your knowledge of workplace discrimination and retaliation. Different laws and definitions are on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Thanks to these resources, you can see what you know about the following topics:

  • Claims under FEHA and federal law
  • The law that prohibits discrimination because of a mental illness
  • A law that prohibits pregnant women from being denied a job
  • The discrimination law that prevents employers from not hiring because of someone's age

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on California discrimination and retaliation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding examples of workplace discrimination
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different discrimination laws that protect employees

Additional Learning

You can learn even more about these laws thanks to the lesson called Workplace Discrimination & Retaliation: Definition & Laws. Work through this lesson to go over more about:

  • What retaliation involves
  • Examples of workplace discrimination
  • Laws that protect people from discrimination at work