When you hear about discrimination in the workplace, you probably envision experiencing challenges as an employee on the clock. While most cases reflect these circumstances, sometimes the discrimination can happen even before becoming an employee. It can also be a part of the hiring process.
No employee should have to fear corrective action for shedding light on illegal conduct. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for managers and superiors to retaliate when the unlawful activity in which they are engaging is exposed. In California and across the United States, whistleblower laws protect workers from retaliation when they blow the whistle and report illegal conduct in the workplace. When an employer violates these laws, legal action can be pursued.
There are a number of great things about being a full-time employee in the United States. Among these are the host of benefits that come with employment. However, what if an injury or illness prevents an employee in California from working? Workers compensation will provide income and health care replacement for eligible employees, while The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will offer job protection in the event of an extended leave.
California has laws in place to protect all employees. No person should have to endure harassment, especially not in the workplace. However, a pharmacist in another state claims that she was fired after reporting harassment and discrimination while working at a hospital. The alleged victim has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.
For decades, women in the American workforce have endured harassment and other discriminatory acts virtually in silence. Years and years passed with no significant changes. However, in the last 20 years, the awareness of gender discrimination in the workplace has increased significantly. Women in California and across the nation have pushed back and are courageously standing up for their rights. Recently, a jury in Los Angeles awarded an ex-employee $31 million after she was allegedly subjected to discrimination and harassment at work.