The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related conditions and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and older), sexual orientation, or military and veteran status of any person, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
In addition, employers are prohibited from printing or circulating any job notice or advertisement making any non-job-related inquiry or using any employment application that indicates a discriminatory limitation or specification unless such limitation or specification is a BFOQ. Employers with five or more employees are covered by the Act (CA Gov. Code Sec. 12900 et seq.).