Do you feel like you have been discriminated against at work due to your age? If so, you're not alone. Recent employment discrimination charge statistics show that age discrimination in the workplace is on the rise. In 2014, 1,569 age discrimination complaints were filed with the EEOC in California alone, and nearly 21,000 were filed across the United States in 2015.
If you are employed in California, there are both state and federal employment laws to protect you from pregnancy discrimination. Even so, it's important to know that this type of workplace discrimination continues to be a problem in California and beyond. In fact, there were over 5000 pregnancy discrimination charges filed with the EEOC in 2013 alone. But how do you know if you're a victim of pregnancy discrimination?
Recently, transgender rights have been a hot topic in news headlines and have been fiercely debated in California and across the country. While acceptance of LGBT individuals is certainly expanding nationally, California employment law offers some of the strongest protections to LGBT employees in the nation. But many California businesses don't know how to properly handle transgender employees who are transitioning on the job. Some aren't even aware what is legal under California employment law when it comes to gender discrimination - particularly discrimination based on gender identity.
Is your employer violating California wage and hour laws? Just as federal laws protect you and other workers from unlawful employer behaviors when it comes to pay rates, overtime pay and more, California wage and hour laws extend these protections even further. But what do these laws entail, and how do you know if your employer is actually breaking the law?
The question of what is a disability, and what can be done to make accommodations for that disability at work, can sometimes be unclear. And nowhere is this more true than in California. California employment law offers a wide range of legal protections for workers who can establish a valid claim for disability discrimination at work. But what constitutes disability discrimination under California law?
Do you think you may be a victim of wrongful termination? While both federal and state laws protect employees in California from this unlawful employer behavior, it still occurs. But wrongful termination cases can become complicated under California labor law because employees are generally presumed to be "at-will." This means that your employer can fire you at any moment for any reason at all, without due process and without warning. The exception to this is that employer cannot terminate you for illegal reasons.
Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a handful of employment law-related bills that give California employees more protections against unlawful employer retaliation. On January 1, 2016, AB 987 was just one of the new laws that went into effect, extending anti-retaliation protections to employees who request reasonable accommodations due to eithera disability or religious beliefs.
Are you suffering from a hostile work environment at work? If so, your employer could be violating both federal and California workplace harassment laws. In California, harassment based upon a protected category in the workplace is unlawful under a slew of federal laws, as well as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. While California's anti-harassment laws are also among the most favorable towards employees in the entire nation, you may still have specific questions about harassment and bullying in the workplace.
January was a big month for employment and labor law litigation, settlements, and proposed legislation. Most notably, workplace sexual harassment lawsuits took over news headlines throughout the nation, including an announcement of a proposed bill that would address the prevalent sexual harassment problem in astronomy.