Workplace Discrimination in California
When you go to work there is an expectation that you are in an environment free from any kind of discrimination. In the modern and multicultural world, we live in, employees and employers work together in diverse workspaces with persons of various backgrounds and experiences. As such, it is incredibly vital that all present at the workplace feel safe knowing that any kind of action (or inaction) towards them is not predicated on discrimination. Along with federal law, California has made workplace discrimination illegal.
Across all US states, employers cannot discriminate against others in the workplace due to race, religion, national origin, disability, color, citizenship, age, sex, or genetics. While this is federal law, California also adds prohibitions on discrimination based on ancestry, marital status, gender identity and expression, military status, medical condition, and political affiliations among others. For example, if there is a new project to be assigned among employees, the manager of the group cannot assign the project to someone because they are of a certain race. This would be discriminatory. Instead, the project should be assigned based on discrimination-free criteria.
Unfortunately, there are instances of discrimination, which is why an employee can bring forth a lawsuit against any acts of workplace discrimination. Antidiscrimination laws apply to employers regarding those federal prohibitions. If an employee does face discrimination, they can speak with the Human Resources department of their workplace, but more importantly, they should consult with an attorney so that they know their rights, possible courses of action, and any applicable remedies.