The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment on the basis of their race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, martial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or veteran or military status.
March 19, 2019
Multiple Types of Workplace Discrimination Can Occur Together
On Behalf of Lyon Legal, P.C. | Mar 20, 2019 | Workplace Discrimination
Most California residents need their jobs, but that does not mean they have to put up with certain behaviors. The law prohibits workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Sadly, not every employer adheres to these laws and failing to do so tends to foster an atmosphere where multiple types of discrimination can occur.
For instance, a woman working in another state for a popular grocery store chain, Sprouts, filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging that she suffered from racial discrimination and sexual harassment. She claims that racial epithets were normal and management expressed a veiled desire to reduce the number of black employees in favor of white ones. She alleges that within a year of the woman working for the company, approximately 10 black workers were terminated.
To make matters worse, she says that a manager began making unwanted sexual advances. He supposedly invited her to a strip club and offered to pay off her vehicle if she had sex with him. The woman goes on to claim that management refused to provide her with reasonable accommodations due to pregnancy. Sprouts says it is investigating the allegations made in the lawsuit, but will not provide further comment at this time.
If even one of these workplace discrimination claims is true, this woman may not be the only one suffering. This is often the case in these situations whether they occur here in California or elsewhere. No one who is the victim of discrimination, harassment or retaliation has to suffer in silence. Instead, he or she could come forward since the odds are that employee is not alone and could help others in similar circumstances.
How many times have you wondered if you’re getting paid your fair share? Do you think you’re underpaid because of your race, sex, gender, disability, or even your prior salary history?
If you cannot work because you’re injured/sick or you need to care for a qualifying family member, eligible employees (those who worked more than 1,250 hours in the year prior for an employer with 5 or more employees) are eligible for up to 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) and/or California Family Rights Act protected Leave (CFRA).