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.
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.
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.
Some companies in California have English language-only rules in place. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, disfavors such rules because an individual's language is a distinctive characteristic of his or her nationality.
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.
One of the most seemingly straightforward types of discrimination that employees might face in California or other parts of the country is discrimination based on their national origin. As a proposed guidance issued in early June 2016 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission demonstrates, national origin discrimination may include far more types of actions than the workers and employers may understand, however.
Lowe's is a popular destination for California residents who like to tackle home maintenance and improvement jobs themselves. The North Carolina-based company has become one of the nation's most prominent retailers, but it has run into trouble with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its treatment of workers with disabilities.
Milpitas, California, has settled a lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $140,000 on a claim of age bias. The settlement came after the EEOC filed a lawsuit against the city in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
LGBT workers in California may be pleased to learn that the EEOC has filed two discrimination lawsuit that argued that sexual orientation discrimination is already prohibited under federal law. This follows a decision that was made by the EEOC in July 2015 that stated that discrimination against sexual orientation was illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Workplace discrimination is a pervasive problem in California and around the country. A report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that retaliation was the top discrimination charge made against U.S. employers in fiscal 2015, with reported cases jumping nearly 5 percent. Disability charges increased by 6 percent, making it the third-largest category of charges filed.