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California harassment and workplace discrimination laws

As a worker in the state of California, you never expect to be harassed or discriminated against. While there are laws in place to help prevent this behavior, it is not always good enough. Instead, there are people out there who break the law for one reason or another.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is responsible for enforcing laws that protect workers against harassment and workplace discrimination based on: color, disability, age, ancestry, gender, disability, marital status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and medical condition among others.

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act implements regulations including but not limited to:

-- Prohibiting the harassment of employees, contractors, and applicants.

-- Requiring companies to provide information to employees regarding the illegal nature and remedies for sexual harassment. Companies have the right to use a sexual harassment brochure provided by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or develop their own sexual harassment publications.

-- Requiring companies with 50 or more workers, as well as public entities, to provide supervisors with sexual harassment prevention training.

Every state has anti-harassment and workplace discrimination laws. Furthermore, there are federal laws and guidelines in place to protect workers from such behavior.

It is only natural to believe these state laws would be enough to stop most forms of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. Despite these laws, there are still times when a person is harassed at work or discriminated against. In this case, the victim has the right to step forward and take steps to protect his or her rights as a worker.

Source: California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, "California law prohibits workplace discrimination and harassment," accessed May. 05, 2015

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