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What is the difference between discriminate and harassment

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

California and employer is San Joaquin County

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

I am full time and union member in good standing

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Employment Lawyer: Allen M., Esq., Employment Lawyer replied 11 months ago
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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

Discrimination and harassment can be one and the same. The difference is the basis for the treatment.

Harassment just generally describes behavior intended to annoy, threaten, scare or cause discomfort. A person can be harassing someone and it not be discrimination, because the underlying basis for the treatment is not race, religion, gender, age, disability or recent FMLA use (protected categories).

Discrimination involves differing treatment based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, FMLA use and some other statutorily created protected classes. If a person is directing harassment at a woman AND that harassment is because she is a woman, that is discrimination and harassment. Just as you can have harassment without discrimination, you can also have discrimination without harassment. Promoting one person over another, based on race, religion, gender, age, etc. is not harassment, but it certainly is discrimination.

Now, discrimination is always illegal. Harassment CAN be illegal, but it can also just be considered workplace politics, which isn't illegal. When you have a union involved, harassment can be a violation of the collective bargaining agreement and then could be a civil wrong, even in the absence of discrimination.

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