The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employment discrimination based on race or color. It includes discrimination based on an employer's perception that a person is a member of a protected class or is associated with a person who is, or is perceived to be, a member of a protected class. The Act covers employers that regularly employ five or more persons (CA Gov. Code Sec. 12926(c)). Under FEHA, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Refuse to hire or to bar or discharge a person from employment because of race or color or to discriminate in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
• Refuse to select or train, or to terminate a person from a training program leading to employment because of race or color.
• Print or circulate any publication or to make any inquiry, either verbal or through use of an application form, that expresses, directly or indirectly, any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to race or color.
• Discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against any person because he or she has opposed any practices forbidden under FEHA or because he or she has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under FEHA.
• Aid, compel, or coerce the doing of any of the acts forbidden under FEHA, or to attempt to do so.
Unpaid interns or volunteers. Effective January 1, 2015, employers may not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race or color in the selection, termination, training, or other terms or treatment of that person in:
• Any apprenticeship training program,
• Any training program leading to employment,
• An unpaid internship, or
• Another limited duration program to provide unpaid work ...