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California workplaces liable for EEOC compliance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission works to advocate for employees who have been victimized by discriminatory action in the workplace. In addition to monitoring and investigating 12 distinct classes of discrimination, the agency has been known to sue companies that failed to protect their workers. It is up to businesses to adhere to civil rights laws by cultivating nondiscriminatory professional environments.

Older job seekers face age discrimination

Many older workers in California experience job discrimination when they are looking for work. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has shown that job seekers over the age of 55 are unemployed for an average of 54.3 weeks. On the other hand, job seekers younger than 55 usually spend about 28.2 weeks looking for work, a full five months less time than it takes older workers to land a new job.

New guidance publication from EEOC

An Enforcement Guidance and a fact sheet regarding national origin discrimination were released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Nov. 18, 2016. While it is not legally binding, the Enforcement Guidance gives employers in California and the rest of the country a better understanding of the investigative and enforcement priorities of the EEOC. It also provides instances of workplace behavior that the EEOC may view as violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Anti-gay discrimination case set to continue

California employees may be interested to learn that an anti-gay workplace discrimination case in Pennsylvania was allowed to proceed on the basis that it violated Title VII's protections. However, the district court judge also noted that the case had an interesting juxtaposition with racial discrimination.

Minority discrimination in the tech industry

Workplace discrimination is an issue that many minorities may encounter. For those who are interested in working in the tech industry in California or other parts of the country, they should be aware that it can occur even before they are on the job.

Men also face gender discrimination

Although much attention related to workplace discrimination based on sex or gender is directed towards female employees, California residents may be interested to know that men also face this type of judgment. Challenging social norms and attempting to create more gender equality are steps that can potentially help remedy this problem.

The illegality of distraction discrimination

Most Californians likely understand that discriminating against a worker who is disabled is illegal in many cases. They may not realize that discriminating against a worker because of his or her relationship to a family member or loved one who is disabled is also prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and violating those provisions may result in substantial damages.

Workplace discrimination against transgender people

Many transgender people in California have faced discrimination in a variety of settings, including in their workplaces. While other groups have long enjoyed protected statuses under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, transgender workers across the nation have suffered from discrimination without much legal recourse.

GOA report accuses CFPB of workplace discrimination

California workers may be interested to learn about a June report accusing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of maintaining a hostile work environment. The report, which was issued by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, says that agency employees find managers discriminatory and are reluctant to speak out for fear of retaliation.

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