San Mateo, CA asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for California

Q: My company is giving career growth resources to people of a specific racial background (only). Is this legal?

Career growth resources means paying for special courses and coaching by an outside vendor. It is indeed a part of a diversity and inclusion initiative that is trying to give more resources to specific racial groups in an effort to promote more of them into the highest level roles in the company.

1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Possibly, if this is part of an Affirmative Action Program. (remember those from the 1980's. There really is not enough information in your post for me to respond with much more than speculation. Ordinarily, denying benefits to a group based on their race is prohibited under the FEHA, and you might have a claim. Really cannot tell from what you wrote.

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