Were you happy to hear that you were pregnant until you realized you would have to tell your boss? If so, you aren't alone. With competition fierce in some of California's industries, you may think you could either lose your job or be denied one due to your pregnancy.
Age discrimination in the workplace is illegal, but that does not mean it does not exist. This form of workplace discrimination is not always as easy to spot as things like gender and racial discrimination. Many younger workers in California might even be under the impression that age discrimination is a thing of the past. Sadly, it is a real problem for many older workers, both those who are currently employed and who are actively seeking work.
The struggle for workplace equality has been hard fought. Respect and dignity at your job is a basic human right. But people each day endure harassment in the workplace based on gender.
When people go to work, they have a reasonable expectation of being treated fairly and in a manner that reinforces their safety. Certain laws exist to support those efforts and to hold employers accountable. If an employee experiences sexual harassment in the workplace, he or she has the right to pursue legal recourse against his or her employer. Two different California juries found in favor of the victims in two different sexual harassment cases this year, showing just how seriously the legal system takes these incidents.