Both California and Federal employment laws offer employees a slew of protections, plus require HR departments to adhere to certain guidelines. Over the past seven-plus years, President Obama has done what all prior presidents have done, and what all future presidents will do: He has appointed people to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies that share his vision. These appointments have a trickle-down effect, because the leaders hire people who share their vision as well: to protect employees from illegal workplace harassment.
The 2016 election cycle may be causing greater tension over politics at work. According to a poll by the Society on Human Resource Management (SHRM), 26% of HR professionals polled perceived a greater amount of workplace volatility this election cycle. Perhaps this isn't surprising, considering the increasingly confrontational rhetoric in the political sphere. The growing tensions over this year's election could cause more heated discussions amongst employees, leading to divisive workplace relations.
Navigating the ins and outs of complex employer and employee dynamics can be difficult. Whether you just landed your first entry-level position, or have worked hard for a number of years to land that dream job, you can face employment discrimination - or even retaliation if you decide to take a stand against illegal conduct. Thankfully, state and federal law with the help of skilled employment lawyers can protect your rights, but where should you seek answers to your questions about other work-related issues?