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Workplace discrimination in California and employee rights

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Discrimination |

Workplace discrimination is a serious issue that affects many employees across California. This problem occurs when an employer treats an employee unfairly.

Understanding employee rights is important for anyone facing such challenges at work.

Types of discrimination

Discrimination can take many forms. It might be something obvious, like not getting a job or promotion because of one’s background, or it could be more subtle, such as exclusion from certain meetings or training opportunities. Sometimes, it is about harassment, where the work environment becomes hostile or intimidating for someone because of their identity.

California laws protect employees

California has strong laws to protect employees from discrimination. The Fair Employment and Housing Act is one key law. It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

What employees can do

When facing discrimination at work, there are several steps to take. First, talk to the person responsible for the discrimination if it feels safe to do so. Sometimes, people are not aware of the impact of their actions. However, if this does not resolve the issue, or it is uncomfortable addressing it directly, reporting the discrimination to a manager or the human resources department is the next step.

Employers must investigate reports of discrimination and take appropriate action. If an employer does not address the issue or if the discrimination continues, a complaint can be filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The DFEH investigates complaints and can mediate disputes between employees and employers.

Workplace discrimination is a problem no one should have to face. In California, strong protections for employees and support are available to help navigate this difficult situation.