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Faculty will provide an overview of what is meant by “caste,” with factual examples, as well as a history of how the courts have handled these types of cases to date. They will also touch on employer-created policies to prevent caste discrimination, even where there is no legal requirement to do so, as well as the emerging statutes that deal with caste discrimination, focusing on Seattle, Washington’s new amendments to its Municipal Code proscribing caste discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. This Briefing is designed for attorneys of all levels and in all jurisdictions, but will emphasize cases and statutes from California and Washington.

Topics will include:

  • A brief overview of the concept of “caste,” including factual scenarios demonstrating how “caste” issues arise in employment (15 minutes);
  • A discussion of the major cases being litigated in this area, even absent “caste” being an officially protected class per se in most jurisdictions, with emphasis on the Cisco case in California (15 minutes)
  • Background on the February 2023 amendments to the Seattle Municipal Code making “caste” a protected class (15 minutes); and
  • Tips as to what private employers are currently doing on the issue of “caste” in their workplaces and best practices for addressing issues relating to caste in the employment law context (15 minutes).

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None



John-Paul S. Deol

Dhillon Law Group Inc.


Cameron W. Fox

Paul Hastings LLP

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