Protected Classifications

Reference Number: 

Discrimination in the workplace is illegal if it is on the basis of any of the following:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex (this classification includes all forms of gender-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination,gender-based wage discrimination, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity)
  • National Origin
  • Age
  • Disability

The laws protect all employees and applicants for employment from discrimination when it is based on any of these classifications.