No one wants to face discrimination in their California workplace, but sometimes you find yourself dealing with a hard situation where your employer or coworkers has taken unfair action against you in ways that affect you as a member of a class protected by race, creed, religion, sexuality, gender, gender identity, disability or several other factors. Sometimes these offenses are blatant, but sometimes they arise because a seemingly fair policy actually has a negative effect on you. When this happens, it is called disparate impact.
Whether you are male, female or nonbinary, you may be a victim of sexual harassment at your California employer. If a coworker of any gender has made you uncomfortable or placed you in situations in which you felt you could not escape, you could be dealing with sexual harassment. Sometimes harassment is overt, while at other times it can be more difficult to concretely identify. How can you recognize sexual harassment in the workplace?
Although California is a state with a reputation for strong employee protection laws prohibiting workplace discrimination, you may have heard of a state proposition that is often referred to as an "affirmative action ban." This ban is also known as California Proposition 209. But if California is known for protection against discrimination, how does an affirmative action ban work - and how does it affect workplace discrimination laws?
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You may be going silver at the temples, but you are still at the top of your game. Your age and experience give you a perspective that provides an advantage over competitors or younger employees, but what if employers have biased beliefs about older workers? Some employers may believe older workers are not as sharp as younger workers, or may be slower and less likely to perform well in demanding situations. If you feel that you have been discriminated against on the job or in the California employment market due to your age, we at Anticouni & Associates fully understand your frustration.
California law requires that employers make reasonable accommodations for employees to fairly and equitably practice their faith. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, the California Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012 protects all religious creeds, observances, beliefs, dress and practices and requires employers to make an effort that does not fall under the qualification of "undue hardship."
Even if you enjoy your job and the people you work with, there could come a point in the future when you are the victim of discrimination. Since this can come about at any time, it's imperative that you know your legal rights.
Workers in California who are over the age of 40 need to be aware of age discrimination laws. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, these federal laws are in place to protect those who are discriminated in a variety of employment areas. These include hiring, termination, promotions, pay, benefits, job assignments and layoffs.
On this blog, we have covered some of the different types of discrimination, such as discrimination based upon an employee's age, gender or national origin. However, it is important to point that that people in California may also be subjected to unlawful religious discrimination. If you think that you have been treated in an abusive or unlawful manner because of your beliefs, it is critical to know your rights and speak out.
People are aware of many different examples of illegal discrimination, whether it is based on an employee's race, gender, or age. However, there are other types of unlawful discrimination that disrupt the lives of workers in Santa Barbara, and across the whole state of California, that may receive less attention. For example, some people may not realize that it is illegal to discriminate against an employee because of their disability.