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What are some examples of workplace sexual harassment?

If you have never suffered from sexual harassment in the workplace, you may find it surprising to learn that it can be hard to identify. Sometimes, the harasser approaches his or her targets cautiously, leaving the victim unsure if the behavior constitutes harassment.

In addition to being difficult to identify, it can also be hard for victims to prove workplace mistreatment based on sex or gender has occurred without legal assistance. In the interests of educating potential victims of workplace sexual harassment in California, the following section contains some examples of unlawful behaviors. If you have suffered from any of these examples or other behaviors that make you uncomfortable or fearful, you might be a victim of sexual harassment.

  • A superior suggests trading sexual favors for workplace advancement or higher wages
  • A superior or coworker makes uncomfortable comments about your body or your attire
  • A superior or coworker invades your personal space and/or touches you inappropriately
  • A superior or coworker consistently makes rude or offensive gestures
  • A superior or coworker frequently attempts to engage you or others in sexual commentary or lewd discussions
  • A superior or coworker asks questions or tries to dig into your personal life
  • A superior or coworker sends you sexually suggestive emails, texts or images

Preventing disability discrimination in the workplace

Disability discrimination is a problem across the country even though there are laws in place against it. It can also be a problem in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination laws put into place by the federal government. Here's how to prevent disability discrimination in the workplace in Sherman Oaks.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects disabled people from discrimination when they are at work. It also protects those who are married to or in a relationship with people who have disabilities. For example, if your workplace knows you have a disabled child at home, they cannot discriminate against you because of this by failing to promote you, give you a raise, approve time off and much more.

EEOC wins pregnancy discrimination suit against restaurant

Pregnancy can be a thrilling but daunting time in any woman’s life. It impacts how you work, but you have rights and accommodations to your job that ensure you are fairly treated in this position.

However, despite California’s laws against pregnancy discrimination, many expecting women still experience unfair treatment from their employers. They can face harassment and potentially lose their jobs. This only adds to the emotional and financial trials they already face during pregnancy.

Identifying discrimination-based wrongful termination

This might not make sense to some people, but it can actually be difficult to identify wrongful termination. For example, if an employer has been thinking about getting rid of a worker for illegal reasons, he or she may disguise the termination by listing a legal reason for firing the worker. Because the vast majority of employment in California is "at-will," wrongful termination can go completely overlooked.

As advocates for all American workers, we strive to make sure employees across the state are able to identify whether they have been terminated in a wrongful manner. A good first step involves understanding what at-will employment means. In simple terms, it means that an employer does not need a reason to fire workers. However, this does not mean that an employer can be discharged in an act of discrimination.

How do I fight employment discrimination in California?

Employment discrimination remains a serious issue in California. Fortunately, the state government provides help to people who have suffered discrimination in their careers.

A lawyer may be helpful from the very beginning, as victims of employment discrimination may choose to sue the parties responsible.

Anti-discrimination laws toughen in California

Employment and housing should be available to everyone willing to work for it. Although many challenges remain before workplace and housing discrimination are conquered, California is on the forefront of protecting workers and residents as groups and on case-by-cases basis.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) helps fight discrimination at a national level, while Sacramento is the home of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The Fair Employment and Housing Act names "protected groups" to identify and prevent discrimination based on their characteristics, such as race and physical disability.

Federal and state laws protect Californians and their jobs

Discrimination against protected groups is prohibited by federal and California law. Offenses may take the form of verbal abuse, limited opportunities or wrongful termination. The Golden State's Fair Employment and Housing Act names race, color, gender, disability and religion among other classes that create a protected group.

Other laws also protect all people's access to work. A portion of California's Education Code prohibits discrimination in the awarding of credentials and positions within school boards. Any entity supported by state funding is separately enjoined from discriminatory practices. Labor codes also prevent discrimination in specific industries and positions.

Your employment rights during and after pregnancy

Being pregnant is an exciting but sometimes complicated time. There are many questions you might have, especially concerning your job. Your employment rights during and after your pregnancy are a top concern.

The state of California guarantees you several rights when you are pregnant. Here is a brief outline of your employment rights during your pregnancy:

Woman settles retaliation lawsuit with California employer

California prides itself on being at the forefront of protections for a diverse group of employees and workers that keep the state's economy running. Although many laws and practices protect the victims of sexual harassment, there is still much work to be done.

The last year has seen a reckoning around the world on how women are treated in the workplace and beyond. The Golden State is not unaffected, as recent lawsuits have targeted sexual harassment and discrimination in the venture capital world, high-tech industries and even the state government in Sacramento.

What protections do disabled Californians have in the workplace?

It takes all types to make an effective diverse workplace, and this includes people with physical disabilities. Disabled employees often contribute a fresh perspective to important work, bringing products and services to more people.

Two laws can protect disabled workers in California against discrimination. The nationwide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the statewide California Family Rights Act (CFRA) can protect vital benefits, as well as people's jobs.

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