Under the California Family Rights Act, the state of California allows employees to take time off work for a number of health and child-related reasons. These reasons include the birth of a child and the adoption or foster care placement of a child. They also include serious illness experienced by the employee or by the employee's child, parent or spouse. Employers must respect their employees' rights to time off and they cannot fire or otherwise punish an employee for exercising their rights under the law.
Workplace discrimination is rampant. We live in an unfair society that bends and breaks the laws all the time. Unfortunately, many well-deserving employees are at risk for losing their jobs due to unfair treatment. It is important that employees know when they are being discriminated against and how to blow the whistle on such behavior.
Sexual harassment can occur in any workplace, no matter what industry, where it is located or what size it is.
It’s no great secret that gender bias exists in many workplaces. However, recent economic studies may indicate that where a woman is born and where she ends up influence certain gender discrimination trends.
California law protects workers from many kinds of unfair discrimination in the workplace. Employers cannot discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age and a number of other factors. As we talked about last month, California law also protects workers with disabilities from unfair discrimination.