Employees in California and all other states likely already know that state and federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees and prospective employees based on race, religion, age, color, sexual orientation, disability and/or national origin. Employees and prospective employees can sue the employer if they believe they have been the target of such discrimination.
There are many ways you can be harassed or discriminated against in the workplace. Some of these can be resolved within your company by communication and cooperation, but other forms of discrimination can violate workplace fairness laws in California and may necessitate professional help. You may have heard of the word “nepotism” without fully understanding how it can affect you at work.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton in California, we know that your work is a vital part of your life. Nevertheless, your workplace itself may some place you wish you did not have to go. Such is true if you face any type of discrimination while there, including that of age discrimination.
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.
Do you wake up every workday morning raring to start the day and go to your California job? Or do you dread the thought of one more go-round of negativity from your boss or one of your co-workers? No one expects his/her workplace to be ideal, but likewise, no one expects to be emotionally abused while at work.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton in California, we empathize with the difficulties you sometime encounter in finding and maintaining a job when you are disabled. As you likely know, and as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reminds you, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against you in any aspect of employment from hiring and firing to pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, etc. based on your disability. In addition, the ADA requires employers to reasonably accommodate your disability.
As a California employee, you have many rights and protections under Title VII of the U.S. Code. One body of rights applies not only to your right to challenge workplace discrimination by reporting it to your employer or notifying the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but also your right to suffer no retaliation or reprisal from your employer if and when you do.
As a California worker, you do not expect your workplace to be the perfect place that you look forward to going to each and every day. You do, however, expect your workplace to be a place where you can do the job(s) for which you are responsible without being harassed while you are doing them. As reasonable as that expectation is, you are one of the lucky ones if you do not have to deal with one or more workplace bullies on a daily basis.
If you are a California worker who believes that your company is engaging in illegal or prohibited activities and/or practices, you can complain to your supervisor or to the proper governmental agency without fear of retaliation by your employer. This is because you have become a whistleblower, which is not a pejorative term. Rather, it means that you are someone with a conscience who cares enough about laws, rules and regulations that you cannot stand by silently while your company flouts them. You must blow the whistle.
If you have a disability and have ever experienced what you consider unfair treatment at your California job, you may have avoided speaking up, possibly because you were unsure whether your treatment constituted discrimination or because you feared losing your job. Disability discrimination is an umbrella term for a broad number of related behaviors, all of which involve your employer or someone else at your place of business treating you differently because of your disability.