If you had to take medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for personal reasons or to take care of family, it is likely that you had to deal with a significant amount of stress during that period. It is unfair that you would then have to worry about your career suffering as a result.
As a woman in the American workforce, you may have found at some point during your career that you had struggles advancing or securing the salary you deserve, and you may attribute this to the fact that you are a woman. Regrettably, many employers have something of an unconscious bias against female employees, and this holds true regardless of whether the employer is female, herself.
Early labor history in the United States has quite a few black marks, with many employers failing to protect their employees from the risks of their workplaces. Another fault has been many bosses' ability to dismiss employees at will and without good reason. Fortunately, California's labor codes protect employees against wrongful termination.
The Family Medical Leave Act protects American workers from discriminatory practices which prevent them from taking necessary medical leave. An employee may take up to 3 months' total unpaid leave from work per year under specific conditions. The employee retains full job security and company group health benefits during the period of absence.
A veteran police detective is suing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as well as a fellow officer. The woman, who has been with the LAPD for three decades, says the officer, with whom she was in a romantic relationship, physically and sexually assaulted her. According to the lawsuit, the relationship began in 2013 but turned abusive in 2016. On one occasion in 2017, she says he raped her in a motel room. She also accuses him of punching her in a diner.
Tech giant Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View, faced criticism and even a walkout last year for the way it was dealing with sexual harassment claims. Google employment agreements mandated that any sexual harassment and assault claims be settled in arbitration.
It is not uncommon to have a bad relationship with your current or former employer. Sometimes, work environments are not positive or healthy. But if this employer is going so far as to make false statements and spread rumors about you, you may have the opportunity to take legal action against this person.