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Bills address workplace discrimination in California

When people go to work, they expect to be treated with fairness and respect by their employer. However, this doesn't always happen, as many employees across California experience workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and other violations of employment law. One city is considering two bills that could help protect employees from poor treatment and they could have wider implications across the entire state.

One bill being considered by the assembly would prevent companies from using mandatory arbitration agreements with their employees, meaning that employees would have the right to bring a case of sexual harassment or discrimination in court, rather than having to settle the matter in private arbitration. Some experts think that this is a result of the recent #MeToo movement that brought to light the experiences of many women who say they have experienced sexual harassment at work. However, that's not the only thing the bill could encompass, since it would apply to any labor dispute covered by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Another bill would give employees more time to file a complaint of workplace discrimination. This was also likely born out of the #MeToo movement, as many employees found that the statute of limitations expired before they could file a sexual harassment complaint against an employer. As with the other bill, it would cover any kind of workplace discrimination.

Though these bills would only apply to Sacramento, they show just how important it is for employees across California to feel safe at work. Those who feel as though their employer has discriminated against them in any way have the right to pursue civil litigation. An attorney with knowledge of employment law can help workers determine how to proceed in the pursuit of justice.

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