Readers of this blog know that employees of a business or organization have certain protections. For example, they are protected from sexual harassment, retaliation, and various types of discrimination. Amongst those discriminations from which workers are protected is discrimination based on disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, provides these protections. Yet, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the ADA, and we wanted to address a few of the myths here to give Los Angelinos an idea of how the ADA can help them.
For many Los Angeles residents, police officers are the people that they trust to call when they are in need of various types of assistance. Law enforcement officials and other public servants have historically been held in veneration for the many sacrifices that they make for the benefit of their communities. Though confrontations between police officers and members of the public sometimes have unfortunate and unintended outcomes, members of the law enforcement community are important parts of keeping neighborhoods throughout the country safe.
Employees that are members of a protected class are afforded certain legal rights. If they are being treated unfairly by their employer, or subject to a harassing policy, they are entitled to enforce these rights through administrative or legal action.
Discriminating against or harassing an employee or group of employees is prohibited by federal law if it is based on a person's status as a member of a protected class. There are various federally protected groups that the government seeks to protect from discrimination in the workplace. These classes include religion, ethnicity, sex, disability, and age, among others.
California employees are protected by both federal and state law from unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature and creates a hostile or offensive work environment. Offending conduct can be direct or subtle, and may be present through verbal, visual or physical actions.