Most Los Angeles residents probably believe that discrimination in many different areas of life is on the decline in America. Our country certainly has come a long way from the days of slavery or Jim Crow laws. However, racial discrimination is unfortunately alive in many aspects of day-to-day life. One place where it can be easily seen is in employment discrimination.
Workplaces in California, and across the country, have a responsibility to treat their workers fairly and to not discriminate against any employees based on their membership in a federally protected class. These classes include race, gender, religion and age.
Workers in Los Angeles and across the country might have a fleeting and vague notion of what it means to have various rights against mistreatment at work, but they don't fully understand where their rights emanate from, let alone what they are. Workers were accorded rights protecting them against such issues as wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If any of these rights have been violated, the victim will have the ability to file a complaint and seek to be compensated.
Workers in Los Angeles and across the country are legally required to receive certain wages for their work under federal law. It is important for workers to understand their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This is not only true when it comes to receiving the proper wages in full at the correct time, but also if there is a wrongful termination because of complaints about the failure to adhere to FLSA.