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Discrimination and Harassment based on Protected Characteristics

What is unlawful harassment or discrimination?

Federal and California law protects students, and employees, from unlawful discriminatory harassment, intimidation, bullying (including cyberbullying), or retaliation on the basis of actual or perceived possession of one or more of the following characteristics, or association with a person or group who has one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression)
  • Mental or physical disability
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Height or weight (obesity)
  • Marital or family status
  • Military status
  • Ancestry
  • Genetic information

These characteristics are referred to as "protected characteristics."