Thanks to established employment laws, workers in California and across the United States have benefits and rights to protect them when certain needs arise. The Family and Medical Leave Act gives employees the right to job-protected leave in order to recuperate from an illness or injury or to take care of an immediate family member. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers to retaliate against workers who take FMLA leave. A woman in San Francisco filed a lawsuit after she was allegedly fired for using FMLA leave.
As the American workforce ages, it's becoming commonplace for employers to force out older workers. However, older workers can be just as proficient as younger workers, and older workers have just as many rights as younger workers. The Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 made it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee based on age. Unfortunately, this does not stop age discrimination from happening in the workplace.
Judging a person based on gender or the color of the individual's skin is wrong and incredibly distressing for victims. There are many types of discrimination, but racial discrimination in particular is still prevalent in the United States. One would think that modern-day society would progress past this, but sadly, racial discrimination still happens frequently in workplaces across California.
Many work environments in the United States today are fast-paced and cutthroat. Some employees will do anything to gain an advantage, even at the expense of their co-workers. Harassment and discrimination are still issues in workplaces all around the country. Employees in California who are subjected to discrimination at work may fear that if they speak up they will lose their job. They may feel that there is nothing they can do, but this is not the case.
No employee wants to work for free. If employees worked for free they'd be called volunteers and not employees. Wage and hour laws in California not only require employers to pay their workers but they also require employers to pay employees overtime pay of at least time and half for any hours worked over 40 hours in a week. Unfortunately, not all employers adhere to these laws.