Genetic research has made it possible to identify if you may be susceptible to certain diseases or disorders. While genetic testing advancements offer the great ability for doctors to detect, treat, and even prevent some medical conditions early, your genetic information may also make you vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace.
While California and federal laws are in place to protect employees from workplace discrimination due to genetics, some employers may still unlawfully treat workers differently when presented with their genetic information.
Do you have a horrible boss? If you notice these warning signs of a hostile work environment, you should complain to HR. All employees have certain rights under California and federal employment laws, and company HR representatives are required to ensure that your boss adheres to strict policies that combat illegal behaviors in the workplace.
But before you complain about abuse or mistreatment at work, it’s important for employees to understand the proper ways to talk to HR about workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment.
Our latest infographic shares a quick checklist to help you prepare for your initial discussion with HR.
So, you have finally made the decision to sue your employer for workplace discrimination. Congratulations – no one should have to endure a hostile work environment or unfair treatment on the job. While you probably want to get the ball rolling and file your complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission right away, it is important to understand that you must put in some legwork before filing a complaint or contacting an employment attorney.
The following tips for suing your employer will help you better prepare yourself for your initial consultation with a professional California employment attorney and give you the evidence you need to prove your case.
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.
These kinds of issues arising from political activity at work could also lead to a breakdown in workplace cohesion and teamwork if your employer doesn’t manage them properly.
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On February 11 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a detailed report of workplace discrimination charges the agency received for FY 2015. While some discrimination charge types filed with the agency increased from the previous year, the EEOC also accomplished some notable victories for employees such as updating pregnancy discrimination guidance to help ensure employers make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women, plus resolving over 92,000 total charges of workplace discrimination.
Our latest workplace discrimination infographic includes some important and surprising stats from the EEOC’s report to provide you with a better understanding of the current state of workplace discrimination in the United States.
If you are employed in California, you likely know that there are state and federal employment laws to protect you from illegal workplace discrimination. But if you feel you may be a victim of discrimination at work, you may need more detailed information on what constitutes workplace discrimination and what your rights are before you seek help with filing a discrimination complaint.
This article will answer commonly asked questions about workplace discrimination to help you understand California employment laws and your rights related to these unlawful employer behaviors.
Are you being subjected to retaliation at work? If you decide to stand up to discriminatory or harassing behaviors directed towards you or your colleagues by your employer, and then face negative treatment or termination, you could be a victim of workplace retaliation.
These illegal employer behaviors violate both Federal and California employment laws. But even though these laws are in place to protect your rights, workplace retaliation still occurs. In fact, the EEOC’s Regional Attorney William R. Tamayo noted that in fiscal year 2011, retaliation charges represented 37.8% of all charges filed with the EEOC – the highest percentage of any claim for that year. Tamayo has also stated that “retaliation is a significant problem. It is crucial that employees are able to stand up against harassment without fear that the employer will punish them for speaking out.”
Are you a victim of pregnancy discrimination? Workplace discrimination is occasionally blatant, but more often than not, negative behaviors directed toward you by your employer may leave you wondering if your employee rights have been violated.
It is important to know that pregnancy discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), as well as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov. Code § 12960. In spite of these legal protections, pregnancy discrimination is still an issue for working women. The EEOC reports that the number of pregnancy discrimination charges filed between 2007 and 2011 averaged around 6,000.
Have you been discriminated against on the job because of your national origin? If so, you should talk to an employment attorney to help you file a workplace discrimination complaint. But before filing, it is important to know what national origin discrimination looks like and how California and Federal law can protect you from these discriminatory employer behaviors.
The information below will give you the facts on national origin discrimination and harassment in California, common signs you are being subjected to discrimination due to your national origin, and what you can do about it right now.
Are you being harassed at work due to your sex or gender? If so, you may be able to file a workplace harassment complaint. Not only does California law protect employees from workplace discrimination and retaliation, but also a variety of forms of harassment in the workplace However, it can be difficult to know what exactly your rights are when it comes to sex and gender harassment in the workplace.
This article will give you the facts on sex and gender harassment in California, and when it may be proper to contact an employment lawyer to file a workplace harassment complaint.