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Is it against the law to show preference to Hispanics if I'm a Caucasian?

Bakersfield, CA |
Attorney answers 4


It is against the law to discriminate against an individual based on their race, national origin or ancestry. However, you would have to be able to demonstrate the discrimination in order to prevail. If you believe there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that you, or Caucasians in general, have been discriminated against, you should consult an employment attorney for a free consultation.


Yes, however, in order to pursue an action for discrimination, you would have to show facts that demonstrate that you were discriminated against on the basis of your race. You should consult with an employment law attorney who can review all of the facts and circumstances and help you determine how to proceed. Use the Find a Lawyer tab on Avvo. Also, here’s a link to the California Employment Lawyers Association website where you can search for an employment law attorney in your area. CELA attorneys specialize in representing employees and many offer free consultations. Best of luck to you.

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It could be a case of disparate treatment; however, there aren't enough facts to make a determination. For example, what perks? What do you mean by obvious?


You can if you can prove, show, and back it up with details, facts, or evidences (including witnesses), etc. There are Federal Laws and California Laws that protect certain class of people. It depends on if your situation falls within the protected classes. Federal Law protects the following class of people: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Whereas California law is broader. It protects the following: Age (40 and over); Ancestry; Color ;Religious Creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); Denial of Family and Medical Care Leave; Disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS; Marital Status; Medical Condition (cancer and genetic characteristics); Genetic Information ; National Origin (including language use restrictions);Race; Sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding); Gender, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
Sexual Orientation.

Since you believe that you may be a victim of employment discrimination ( based on your race), then you should hurry and take steps to protect yourself such as filing a complaint with your company, exhaust the company's remedies for such issues, and don't wait to file your claim with EEOC and DFEH.

Also, you might want to consult with an employment attorney.


*Disclaimer: This response does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and I. I am not your lawyer and I am not representing you in the underlying issue stated in your question. The response I have offered is not intended to be relied upon, you should seek out an attorney to assist in this matter. You may contact me directly at (415) 362-6765 ext.120; website: (Attorney for Law Offices of William E. Weiss)