One of the more significant issues that arise in the workplace in California is the occurrence of sexual harassment. Such harassment can have a long-term negative impact on both the victim and the accused. In order to prevent sexual harassment in the office, it is important for employees to know what constitutes sexual harassment, as opposed to questionable behavior. However, this distinction is at times difficult to make without the appropriate training and education.
It is a violation of federal and California law for an employer to discriminate against any employee who is a member of a protected class. Protected classes include race, religion, pregnancy and age, among many others. The legal prohibitions against age discrimination include the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which prevents discrimination against applicants and employees who are age 40 and older.
When employees in Los Angeles believe that they have been discriminated against because of their race, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability, it is important that they understand their rights and options in this situation. Employees in California and elsewhere across the nation have options and rights afforded to them in these situations, such as filing a discrimination lawsuit against an employer.
Employees should not be asked to participate in activities that they believe to be illegal. Additionally, employees should feel an obligation to report violations of law that they believe to be occurring within their organization. If an employer chooses to punish them for their complaints, rather than investigate the employee's allegations, they expose themselves to serious penalties.
Losing a job can be one of the most stressful experiences an adult can go through. However, that level of stress, frustration and sadness can be taken to an entirely new level if the termination was unjustified. This can often turn into a legal issue, as a recent case of apparent wrongful termination displays.