An employer should treat no one differently based on a trait a person cannot control or change. The goal of anti-workplace discrimination laws is to provide everyone with the same opportunities in obtaining and maintaining gainful employment. While many California workers may know this, they may not understand what groups federal law protects as it pertains to workplace discrimination.
There seems to be a lack of qualified doctors in an agricultural and rural part of California. The problem appears to center around workplace discrimination suffered by minority doctors who attempt to work in the area. In contrast, doctors who do not fit into a state and federally protected group did not have the same experiences.
Federal and California laws about how employees are treated do not just extend to those who have jobs, but also to those who are looking for one. Workplace discrimination can begin when an employer is looking to fill a position. Even an advertisement for a position either could blatantly or inadvertently discriminate against a potential employee.
Long Beach soccer fans may know that the U.S. women's soccer team recently competed in the World Cup, but defending their title as champions could prove easier than the battle they face in the courts. Several of the women allege in a lawsuit that they face workplace discrimination because they do not receive the same compensation as their male counterparts. Court documents assert violations of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It can be challenging to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry such as long-haul truck driving. When one woman experienced workplace discrimination based on her gender, she filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her employer then promptly denied her the right to go back to work for the company. California residents going through similar circumstances may want to know whether that action violate federal law.
Over the last decade, the LGBTQ community here in California and across the country has battled to receive the same rights as everyone else. The rights to legally marry, to have children and to receive other benefits previously reserved for traditional couples gave this community hope that society has changed and become more tolerant. Unfortunately, instances of workplace discrimination do not always reflect the changes that have occurred.
Workers here in California enjoy some of the best employment law protections in the country. Even so, that does not stop some employers from acting as though the law does not apply to them. If your boss is not reacting well to your need for time off due to the birth of a child, an illness or injury, or military leave, you may have legal recourse.
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.
As the average age of the country's population continues to rise, it becomes more evident that certain preconceived notions about older people are costing some their jobs. Even in a progressive state such as California, older employees continue to face workplace discrimination despite the state and federal legal prohibitions placed on employers. A U.S. Supreme Court decision back in 2009 did not help the situation since it made it more difficult for older workers to file discrimination claims.
When you took your job, you expected to have the freedom to make the most of the opportunity unhindered by antiquated biases. Workplace discrimination is not something that you should have to tolerate. Both California and federal law protect employees like you from it. The problem is that your employer may decide to take it out on you if you file a complaint, especially outside of the company.