Workplaces who impinge on one’s right to withhold marital information, or discriminate against married workers, could be held civilly liable. States protect the institution of marriage, both at work and away, while also protecting those wishing not to disclose their marital privacies when applying for work. Victims, whether man or woman, can be denied equal pay when equal work was performed upon employer’s discovery of their marital status.

Los Angeles marital status discrimination attorney intervention often brings injustices such as harassment stemming from marital orientation to justice. Victims wanting employers held accountable turn to JML Law, A Professional Law Corporation dedicated to preserving employee rights while on company premises.

Examples of Marital Discrimination, and Exemptions

Personal characteristics, protected by state and federal law, include one’s relationship status. Recognized relationships under the law include marriage, domestic partnership, de facto relationships, widower, legally separated, divorced, and same-sex. As these laws are clearly defined, violations are often blatantly obvious, although the standard burden of proof applies when litigating claims.

No two situations in employment discrimination cases are similar. That said, here is some examples where marital discrimination would be actionable and undertaken by JML Law:

  1. Job interviewer states they’re recently single, then become angry when applicant states they’re happily married.
  2. Complimenting an employee’s engagement ring and then asking if they’re getting married is another no-no, especially if an employee gets demoted for saying “yes”.
  3. Promoting an individual who’s single and performs substandard work as opposed to giving a similar opportunity to a longer-tenured employee with stellar job performance who’s married.
  4. Calling the person with a same-sex partner inexcusable names denigrating their manhood or womanhood.
  5. Making fun of a woman employee who recently became widowed.

Antidiscrimination laws shield employees and applicants from employers who base their promotions or hiring off marital status. Taking time off work under FMLA to care for one’s gravely sick spouse, but firing workers while away because they failed to disclose marital status is another form of discrimination JML Law will fight on behalf of aggrieved employees.

Harassing or verbally abusing protected classes of workers, such as those who may or may not be engaged in relationships, is protected by the EEOC. Bringing action requires normal evidentiary examination, such as proof a worker was employed at the company in question and irrefutable evidence an incident of marital discrimination took place.

Businesses with less than 15 employees are exempt from litigation as the Civil Rights Act and its spinoff agency, the EEOC, don’t apply; however, all entities regardless of size are bound by Equal Pay Act.


The examples in the above section of this guide relate to instances in which it may be easy to determine that an employer has certain biases against employees and job applicants or candidates based on their marital status. Other general instances of marital status discrimination that may occur in the workplace include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

  • Refusing to hire certain job applicants or candidates based on their marital status
  • Excluding employees from participating in training programs based on their marital status
  • Firing or demoting an employee, not because there was a legitimate reason to do so, but because of their marital status
  • Accounting for marital status when determining how employees will be compensated

Those are just a few examples. It can often be difficult to determine whether an employer’s behaviors or actions qualify as examples of marital status discrimination.

If you have any reason to suspect that you have been the victim of marital status discrimination in the workplace, your first step should be to schedule a consultation with an attorney. The experts at our Los Angeles marital status discrimination law firm will review your case and discuss your legal options.

The potential outcome of winning this type of case will vary depending upon the circumstances. For example, perhaps you were fired because of your marital status. In this scenario, your goal when taking legal action against an employer may be to get your job back. A qualified marital status discrimination attorney can help you achieve this goal.

Or, perhaps you believe you are owed back pay or compensation for pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of marital status discrimination. Recovering the compensation you may deserve is another task a lawyer can assist you with. At our Los Angeles marital status discrimination firm, we tailor our approach to each client, developing and implementing the ideal strategy based on a given client’s situation and goals.


Proving that an employer is guilty of marital status discrimination can be a challenging task. Often, when an employer engages in this form of discrimination, they will be prepared to defend themselves.

For example, perhaps an employer fires a worker based on their marital status. When accused of doing so, it is highly unlikely an employer will openly admit to their wrongdoing. It is far more likely that they will claim an employee was fired due to such issues as poor performance.

Proving that an employer has committed marital status discrimination will usually require conducting a thorough investigation. It may be necessary to interview witnesses, review previous performance reviews, gather correspondence, and generally document an employer’s history of discriminating against employees and job applicants because they are or are not married.

This is not meant to discourage you. It is absolutely possible to hold an employer who is guilty of marital status discrimination accountable. You will simply be more likely to win your case if you have assistance from a Los Angeles marital status discrimination attorney who is experienced in handling these matters.

Victim of Marital Status Discrimination? Call Us.

Qualifying claims of marital injustice at work may be litigated by JML Law’s highly regarded Los Angeles marital status discrimination attorney. Your claim is handled discreetly until we’ve built an ironclad case against the employer in question. No longer do employees and applicants need to feel inadequate about bringing offending parties to justice. Compensation and job retention are options we explore for clients.

Consultations with our employment attorneys cost nothing, and you’re under no obligation to retain our services after discussing your options.

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