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Legally Protected Statuses


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Protected Status is a Legally Defined Term

Unlawful discrimination is conduct that denies or limits a person’s full and equal access to participate in, or benefit from education and/or employment programs, services or activities because of decisions made on the basis of that person’s protected status(es).

See SMC's Nondiscrimination Policy for more information on Title 5.

Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination; it is unwelcome conduct that is based on the following federally mandated statuses:

  • Age (40 and over)
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Denial of Family & Medical Care Leave
  • Disability (mental and/or physical disabilities)
  • Ethnic Background
  • Gender, Gender Identity & Expression
  • Genetic Information
  • Marital Status
  • Medical Condition (Cancer, Genetic Information)
  • Military or Veteran Status
  • National Origin (includes language use restrictions)
  • Pregnancy (including Childbirth, Breastfeeding)
  • Race
  • Religion (including dress, grooming & religious practices)
  • Sex, including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions)
  • Sexual Orientation

Examples of Unlawful Discrimination

  • Using racial epithets against an individual or group of people
  • Pictures or graphics that are derogatory to an ethnic or religious, or sexual group
  • Teasing a person because of his/her sexual orientation
  • Denying a person access to a restroom because of the person’s gender
  • Firing a female employee because she is pregnant or needs to breastfeed during working hours
  • Refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation to ensure equal opportunity to programs and/or activities to a person with a disability
  • Demanding sexual favors in return for a good grade or promotion
  • Sending texts or emails of a sexual nature
  • Repeatedly asking someone out on a date who has indicated that they are not interested
  • Denying medical or family leave when appropriate documentation has been submitted
  • Refusing to hire a person or admit a student to a program or class solely based on a perceived disability
  • Using a legally protected status as an excuse not to hire or to deny a promotion

Unlawful Harassment

It's On Us. Harassment in the workplace will not stop on its own - it's on all of us to be part of the fight to stop workplace harassment. We cannot be complacent bystanders and expect our workplace cultures to change themselves.