In terms of civil penalties, an employee who has been discriminated against can file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), which can investigate the complaint and take legal action against the employer if discrimination is found. This can include fines and penalties, as well as an order for the employer to stop the discriminatory practices and provide relief to the affected employees.

In criminal penalties, an employer found guilty of discrimination can face fines and imprisonment under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.

It’s important to note that employers can also be held liable for discrimination committed by their employees or agents, even if the employer did not directly participate in the discrimination. Employers can take measures to prevent discrimination in the workplace by providing training to their employees and implementing anti-discrimination policies.

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