Every person knows that losing a job can have significant financial ramifications, especially in California where the cost of living continues to increase. However, the loss of employment can also have profound emotional and psychological effects. This can be a downright traumatic experience, especially when loss of employment comes at the hands of retaliation. When employers are caught in the act of illegal business practices, they will often retaliate against employees that speak up.
The stereotypical employee in today's world of business embodies youth and exuberance. In California and across the United States, it is becoming increasingly common for older employees to be pushed out of their positions or even terminated in favor of younger workers. Age discrimination is just as illegal as any other form of discrimination in the workplace. Luckily, there are laws at the federal and state level that protect employees from many forms of discrimination.
In California and across the country, full-time employees are entitled to certain rights. The Department of Labor currently enforces close to 200 employment laws in the United States. Some of the most important of these laws seek to abolish harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Most people are familiar with gender and racial discrimination, but discrimination exists in many forms and can affect nearly every person. What can be done when a worker loses employment due to discrimination?
In California, employees have the right to speak up when they witness inappropriate actions or activities in the workplace. Whistleblower laws were put in place to protect employees from retaliation. Recently, a lawsuit was filed by a former employee of the city of Del Mar in California after administrators allegedly terminated her for reporting inappropriate activity.
When you go to work in the Los Angeles area, you expect fair treatment. You do not expect to receive preferential treatment for any reason other than merit and seniority. Though you have only been on the job for a few months, you have noticed that some of your managers tend to play favorites with some of your co-workers who hang out with them after work.