It might come as a surprise to many in California that various forms of harassment in the workplace are still an ongoing issue. To those who are subjected to it, it is no surprise whatsoever. Knowing what to do in such a circumstance might sound like a simple matter of reporting it to the proper authorities, but that does not always work and it is sometimes necessary to think about a legal claim for discrimination at work or for other allegations of mistreatment. Everyone has the right to fair treatment at work and in some instances, a legal filing is the only way to achieve that.
Employees and applicants for jobs in California need to have an understanding of what employers are allowed to ask in regards to personal information. This is based on the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. A previous post gave a basic foundation of what this law entails and certain specifics about it.
When a person is employed or seeking employment in California, there are certain employee rights concerning information that the employer is allowed to request. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits inquiries in any way that relate to non-job aspects of a person's life as his or her race, religion, color, physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, age and more. Disability discrimination, religious discrimination, race discrimination and other discriminatory acts are against the law.
The Center for Worklife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law has reported interesting information related to the number of lawsuits filed against employers by workers who are denied family leave. This type of workplace discrimination seems to be prevalent, and more people are taking legal action against their bosses. In some of these cases, the plaintiffs have been awarded substantial amounts. However, this is a complicated area of the law and may be best navigated with professional guidance.
There are many active duty service members, retired service members and reservists of the United States Armed Forces in California. While the service they provide for the country is noble and incredibly appreciated, there are still times when these brave men and women are discriminated against for a variety of reasons. This can happen when they are seeking work or returning to their civilian job and are confronted with workplace discrimination or employment discrimination. The law states that veterans are accorded certain protections.
A broad spectrum of rights for those who are transgender or have a different sexual identity than prevailing norms are being implemented in California and across the country. New rules were put into effect on April 1 based on the Fair Employment and Housing Act in the state. It is important for employers and employees to have a full understanding of these changes and to ensure compliance.
Consider that above post headline for a moment, especially if you're a relatively older employee at your workplace.
A tandem pair of employment law-related cases regarding a former California worker and a job applicant in the state, respectively, underscore some important labor law points, which we pass along in today's blog post.
In San Diego, across California and throughout the United States, there are laws in place to provide protection for employees against discrimination in the workplace. Although these laws are designed to discourage such treatment, workplace discrimination does occur and it can happen for a multitude of reasons. Those who are confronted with having their employee rights violated need to be aware that they can seek compensation under the law. This is true whether it is a small, medium or large business that is alleged to have committed the violation.
It would be hard to deny the fact that the cause of equal rights for the GLBT community has made significant progress - particularly in recent years. The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in 2015 legalized same-sex marriage nationwide; and many states have also passed laws banning employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.