Employees of all businesses have protected rights under California law, including freedom from sexual harassment and inappropriate workplace behavior. If a worker is terminated from his or her position, an employer must show a legal cause to protect his or her rights to employment.
California employers, especially those in small businesses, woke up on January 1, 2018, to a variety of new laws and restrictions designed to improve employee rights. Although the responsibility of managers and employers is significantly higher, the laws are considered vital to employee safety and satisfaction.
Employees should feel safe in their workplace, but sometimes employers do not create a culture that breeds positive behavior. This can lead to a hostile work environment, which can caused by unchecked employees, untethered contractors or intimidating management.
Sexual harassment is not only unethical and illegal. Inappropriate behavior in the workplace can damage careers, destroy company morale and retard the growth of a culture of trust and cooperation. Harassment by people in power over public services is especially harmful to society as well as their co-workers.
Diversity in the workplaces of California is one of the main causes of the state's economic strength. The best managers and employees support this diversity, and the laws of the Golden State underpin one of the most progressive agendas in ensuring all types of people can work without fear of harassment or discrimination.
California parents who work for small companies and are trying to piece together a parental leave to care for their newborn or newly adopted child can breathe a sigh of relief in 2018. An update to California law recently went into effect that expands leave protections to more employees.
California is one of the most successful economies in the country and the world, and that is partially due to the strength of innovation in all of its sectors from construction to high-tech development. Discrimination against various groups of employees and managers is the enemy of the diversity that fuels this innovation.