Workplace discrimination has no place in the culture of a workplace. It hinders performance and places stress on individuals who do not deserve it. It can hurt a person's chance of moving up in business or may prevent him or her from ever being hired.
California respects your right to a workplace free of discrimination. The federal government also protects your rights in several ways. For instance, it is illegal for employers who have five or more employees to discriminate due to protected categories. It's also illegal to retaliate against a person because of asserting his or her right not to be discriminated against.
Can pregnant women or expecting families be discriminated against?
The California Family Rights Act states that employers who have 50 or more employees must provide job-protected leave for the placement of a child in the employee's home for foster or adoption, for the serious health conditions of the employee's child, spouse or parent, for the birth of a child or for the employee's own health condition. If the employer does not protect the individual's job or retaliates against him or her for needing time off, the employer is violating the law.
What is California doing about sexual harassment?
Additionally, because sexual harassment is an ongoing concern in all workplaces, employers who employ 50 or more people must provide sexual harassment training to all supervisors. If the employer does not comply with that requirement, then the employees at that job do have a right to complain to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
If you're discriminated against at work, you have rights you can assert. Your attorney can help you fight against discrimination, so you have a safe, healthy work environment. Our website has more on this important topic.