California has a reputation for being one of the states with the most robust employee protections. A significant part of this reputation comes from the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
The FEHA is a California law that prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace. It covers businesses with five or more employees and extends to public and private sectors. The FEHA’s comprehensive protections include various protected categories: race, religion, gender, age, disability, and more.
One of the primary ways the FEHA protects employees is by prohibiting discrimination. It ensures employers cannot make employment decisions based on an individual’s protected characteristics. This includes hiring, firing, promotions, salary increases, and other terms and conditions of employment.
For example, if an employer refuses to promote a qualified female employee solely because of her gender, that would be considered discrimination under the FEHA.
The FEHA also protects employees from harassment in the workplace. This covers a wide range of behaviors, including unwanted sexual advances, offensive jokes, or derogatory comments. Notably, the FEHA’s protections against harassment apply to all employees, not just those in protected categories.
For instance, if a coworker continually makes offensive remarks about an employee’s religious beliefs, it would be considered harassment under FEHA.
Retaliation protection is another crucial aspect of the FEHA. It safeguards employees who report discrimination or harassment, participate in an investigation, or oppose discriminatory practices. This means employers cannot punish employees for exercising their rights under the FEHA.
For example, if an employee is demoted or fired after filing a complaint of discrimination, that would be considered retaliation under the FEHA.
If you believe your rights under the FEHA have been violated, taking action promptly is essential. You may file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within one year of the violation. Remember, retaliation for filing a complaint is illegal, and you have the right to seek legal help.
The FEHA protects California employees extensively, ensuring a fair and equitable workplace. It prevents discrimination and harassment and protects those who stand up against such practices. Understanding these protections can help employees identify when their rights have been violated and take appropriate action.
If you need help navigating a FEHA-related issue or believe your rights have been violated, consult an experienced employment law attorney at Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton. We can provide guidance, support, and representation to uphold your rights. Reach out online or by phone so we can start working together. (916) 993-4900
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