An employer cannot fire, demote, refuse to hire, or take other job actions concerning employees based on the employee’s
- veteran status, or
- any other protected class.
For example, if a clothing store decides to give raises only to non-Latino employees because it wants the store’s appearance to match a changing community, then that would be employment discrimination.
Another example, if a large car dealership decides to fire the one employee who refuses to work on Saturday because of his religious beliefs, then that would be employment discrimination.
See, Government Code, § 12940.