A third professor at the Salk Institute, a research facility in the San Diego area known for attracting top scientists and making breakthrough discoveries in the life sciences, has accused the Institute of discrimination based on sex, joining two other colleagues who have also recently alleged sex discrimination at work.
An employer's discrimination against people of other religions in hiring, treatment, discipline or firing is illegal and can land the employer in trouble. However, the law of religious discrimination does have some important legal contours that Californians need to understand.
Here in Southern California, many local residents may have aspirations to someday become part of the region's huge entertainment industry. For many, that means working day and night secure an audition if they want to become an actor or actress. In this occupational arena, image is everything and most aspiring or currently working actors do all they can to put their best foot forward. For those in the entertainment industry, as well as in most other industries, age discrimination laws can be a powerful protection against workplace discrimination.
In a state as diverse as California, in a metro with as much international presence as San Diego, it's important that workplace discrimination does not occur. Many workers understand that discrimination based on race, religion and other factors is generally illegal. However, many may not realize that discrimination based on national origin is also against the law. Therefore, workers may become victimized if such discrimination is allowed to take place.
In California, many forms of employment discrimination are against the law. For example, the law prohibits discrimination because of a person's age, national origin, race, religion or gender. This applies when a person already has a job and is confronted with workplace discrimination or is mistreated when seeking employment. Those who are subjected to discrimination need to be aware that any violation of their employee rights could be the basis for a legal filing. This is not relegated to certain jobs; it can occur in any workplace, including well-known businesses.
People with disabilities in California are accorded certain rights when seeking employment or if they are already employed. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) precludes the employer from discriminating against a person because of their disability. However, it can be confusing as to what is considered disability discrimination and what is not. One factor that is important in this process is an independent medical examination to determine the extent of the disability. Understanding this in the context of the law is imperative when considering filing a case for workplace discrimination or employment discrimination based on disability.