Workers in California and across the United States are protected from discrimination by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, situations arise where certain populations of people are wrongfully terminated due to their age, race, ethnicity or religion.
A number of business owners in California and across the United States are required to provide employees with certain benefits, including fair wages and workers’ compensation coverage. Workers who are injured on-the-job have the right to receive free medical treatment for their injuries. There are companies, however, who may attempt to bypass these laws in an attempt to hold on to more money.
Sexual harassment continues to be a major workplace issue in the United States. Recent research suggests women and men alike are more likely to experience this type of harassment in some industries more often than others.
Although there are situations where minors under the age of 18-years-old are needed to work, there are child labor laws designed to protect them against certain work violations. These Child Labor Laws address issues, including school attendance requirements, wages, work permits, hours of work and minimum ages allowed for certain types of employment.
When people are hired to work for a company, they may be required to sign an arbitration agreement. What employees may not know, is that when they sign this document, they are giving up their right to initiate lawsuits involving discrimination, labor violations, sexual harassment claims and any other type of discrimination. Rather than taking these matters to court, the arbitration agreement requires workers to work out the issue out of court using mediation.