A “protected class” is a category set by federal, state, and local laws that provide protections for employees against discrimination. These categories cover many characteristics including race, religion, sex/gender, national origin, disability, age, and many more.

What Are Protected Classes Under New York State and City Law?

  • Age (18 and older);
  • Genetic characteristics;
  • Marital status;
  • Familial status (caring for a child under 18, or seeking to adopt a child under 18);
  • Sexual orientation (includes perceived sexual orientation);
  • Gender identity and gender expression;
  • Military status or service;
  • Political activities;
  • Prior arrests or criminal accusation;
  • Prior convictions (unless certain requirements have been met); and
  • Domestic violence victim status.

What Are Protected Classes Under New Jersey State Law?

  • Age (18 to 70);
  • Genetic Information;
  • Atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait;
  • Military Service;
  • Accompanied by service or guide dog;
  • Gender identity and expression; and
  • Unemployment Status.

What Are Protected Classes Under Florida State Law?

  • Race;
  • Color;
  • National Origin;
  • Religion;
  • Sex;
  • Disability or Handicap;
  • Age;
  • Marital Status;
  • AIDS/HIV; and
  • Sickle Cell Trait.

What Are Protected Classes Under Pennsylvania State Law?

  • Race;
  • Color;
  • National Origin;
  • Religion;
  • Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions);
  • Disability: physical or mental;
  • Age (40 to 70);
  • GED rather than a high school diploma;
  • Use of a service animal; and
  • Relationship or association with a disabled person.

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If you suspect that you are been a victim of discrimination based on any protected category, it is important to discuss the matter with an employment attorney to make sure your rights have not been violated. Call our experienced employment discrimination attorneys at (877) 469-5297 or fill out an online form to schedule a free consultation.

About Derek Smith

Attorney Derek T. Smith is an experienced sexual harassment & discrimination law litigator who has particular experience in the areas of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights litigation, employment law and civil litigation.

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