When most people think of discrimination, they immediately think of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fight against racial discrimination of all forms. However, the civil rights movement of the 1960s benefited many other categories of people and employees - in addition to minority racial groups - when it comes to anti-workplace discrimination law.
A new piece of sexual harassment legislation has become law in California. The new measure prevents employers from requiring victims of sexual harassment to sign a nondisclosure agreement when they settle their cases. The measure will prevent numerous abuses that happen at workplaces throughout the state, and end up going unnoticed by the public eye as a result of secret settlements.
Laid-off workers have filed a class action age discrimination complaint against IBM. The workers claim that IBM has purposefully terminated tens of thousands of "older" workers in a clear effort to "make the face of IBM younger."
There are many ways that California employees suffer from discrimination. It could be discrimination based on race, national origin, sexual preference, gender, political persuasion, disability and other issues. Regardless of the type of discrimination, workers may be able to seek protection from the discriminatory treatment under federal law. These powerful protections give workers the right to hold their employers legally accountable and financially liable for the harm that the discriminatory actions caused.
If you're extremely sensitive to chemicals, you know exactly who you are. You've likely lived your life encountering people who don't believe that you become physically ill when you're in the presence of strong cleaning solution fumes.
If you're a homosexual worker living and working in the state of California, you're in luck. Our state is one of the ones that offers protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community from workplace discrimination. This is important because, under federal law, homosexuals cannot receive any workplace protections relating to discrimination on the basis of their sexual preferences. Furthermore, there are many states across the nation that offer no such protections to workers.
No one expects – in this modern age – to be victimized by employment-related discrimination. Whether you are a minority, a person with a disability, a woman or a person who belongs to a certain religion, you probably expect that your employer will respect current laws and treat you equally and respectfully. However, employment-related discrimination continues to be a problem in the United States and anyone, even a white male, could become a victim.
We've all heard stories from friends about the strange and unfair things that have happened to them "on the job." Maybe some odd things have happened to you as well, but it's doubtful that anything can top the following unusual reasons for being fired that have made their way into the news in recent years.
Have you been looking around your office and noticing fewer and fewer older workers? Maybe all the workers at your office over the age of 40 have been disappearing and a new, younger generation -- who are willing to accept lower pay for the same kind of work – are coming in to replace them. It could be that your employer is engaging in the unlawful practice of age discrimination.
Gender equality is not only important for the happiness of workers in a business, it's also the law. Women and men must receive equal pay and opportunity at California businesses. However, building gender equality into a workplace culture could present a challenge for some business owners.