If you see something, say something, the saying goes. But what if you objecting to discrimination, even though you’re not the one being discriminated against?
Many employers create a work environment where all employees feel welcomed and protected. Unfortunately, there are still companies out there who openly or secretly discriminate against employees for many reasons.
Most people in Pasadena are employed "at-will." This means that their employers can fire them for any legal reason, or for no reason at all. However, even at-will employers must follow certain laws that prohibit them from firing a worker under certain circumstances. Specifically, employers cannot fire a worker for a discriminatory or harassment-based reason. Doing so constitutes wrongful discharge, and employers who engage in this practice are in violation of employment laws.
Recently, the CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired found she was unable to fully use the website of any of the 2020 candidates for President. Among other reasons to remove the obstacles from their website, the campaigns are employers at a time when employers are seeing website accessibility lawsuits in record numbers.
You’ve probably heard about the gender pay gap across many industries in the United States. In the finance industry, there is another gender-related gap that has reared its ugly head. A study published earlier this year revealed Wells Fargo punished men and women financial brokers disproportionately with women experiencing the most negative impacts of this bias.
Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, including age discrimination. Older workers in California, rather than being respected for their experience and knowledge may find themselves being passed up for promotions, ridiculed for their age or even forced into early retirement simply due to their age. This is age discrimination, and it is against federal and state law.