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Workplace Discrimination Archives

What constitutes disability discrimination?

The concept of disability discrimination in the California workplace is something many people may not fully understand. However, it has been known to occur, which is why the federal government specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s disability. Federal law describes what kinds of people are protected from disability discrimination.

What is genetic information?

Federal law prohibits multiple forms of discrimination, including age, race, and sexual orientation, yet many California residents may not know that employers are also prohibited from using genetic information to discriminate against workers, or even understand what genetic information is. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, genetic information includes different aspects of a person’s genetic background.

Do men have a right to paternity leave?

It has always been rather standard that when a woman has a baby, she gets time off work.  Employers routinely offer maternity leave, but if you are a father, do you also have a right to time off? Generally, maternity leave is a medical leave, allowing the mother time to recuperate after giving birth, but it also gives her time to bond with the child. This is why it has been also offered to adoptive mothers and why many companies are offering or considering paternity leave. As a father in California, you deserve time to bond with your child, too.

Does your employer have to follow ADA regulations?

Like most in Sacramento, you likely take great pride in your career and your ability to thrive within it. That ability can be significantly hindered if you were to develop a disability or acquire one in an accident. Yet part of coping with a disability is being able to continue to do those things which you value (such as working). However, what if your employer tries to tell you that your new limitations prevent you from returning to work? The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits an employer from discriminating against you based on a physical or mental disability. What if your employer, however, claims that it is exempt from having to adhere to it? 

What evidence is needed to prove discrimination?

Discrimination claims in California can often be difficult to prove. The legal system tried very hard to ensure both sides are given fair consideration and opportunity to prove their cases. This means you need to be able to provide adequate proof that discrimination occurred. The law has strict standards as to what burden of proof must be met.

Gender discrimination in the workplace

Working women in California will find themselves running into the gender wage gap time and time again, even in the year 2017. It's an unfortunate truth that gender discrimination still exists even in the modern workplace, and it can have a severe impact on all women working in it.

Understanding affirmative action in the workplace

When people think about affirmative action, they may realize they do not know much about it. Because this policy is designed to help prevent discrimination in the workplace, it can be helpful for California residents to understand how it can affect their workplace.

What is the meaning of disparate impact?

Workplace discrimination can be overt and intentional, as in cases of disparate treatment, but it is no less harmful when it manifests itself in more subtle and unintentional ways, as in cases of disparate impact. California companies that apply policies and procedures that seem to be nondiscriminatory but actually have an adverse impact upon persons within a particular group are liable for the harm caused to them. This kind of disparate impact discrimination at your place of employment is unlawful and may give rise to a claim for relief and compensation.

Transgender protection against employment discrimination

Recent years have been quite busy for those in the LGBT community who have been seeking civil rights. While California is a fairly LGBT-friendly state, there have been some times in the past when situations were not covered by law and actions could be taken to legally discriminate. Transgendered individuals, specifically, still face many barriers to equality. Fortunately, when it comes to employment, transgendered people are protected by federal and state laws.

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