Federal and California laws pertaining to employment discrimination are intended to be fair, intuitive and easy to understand. Yet, often, employers make mistakes when managing issues relating to employees' illnesses, disabilities and religious rights, and even employees' gender and race. Employees, too, often fail to understand their full rights when involved in employer/employee disputes regarding possible discrimination. The seriousness and frequency of employment discrimination in California is evidenced by cases described by the American Civil Liberties Union's website; it discusses recent cases in California involving:
What Constitutes Employment Discrimination in California?
If you are an employer or employee in the state of California, it's important to remain up to date and knowledgeable about your legal rights and obligations. A good start includes an understanding that, in our state, it's illegal to discriminate on the basis of age, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin and gender. Employment discrimination relating to these protected categories usually involves:
In What Instances Is Discrimination Not Discrimination?
It may be helpful to understand discrimination that is perfectly legal. Though it may seem objectionable, employers in California are perfectly within their rights to fire you, deny you a raise or promotion or reduce your pay based on:
For instance, an employer can discriminate against you because you are overweight, but may not be able to legally do so if your weight is linked to a disease. Your employer can discriminate against you because you dress badly, but your employer may be breaking the law if it has a dress code for women but not for men. And while you can be fired for your political views, if your political views are tied to working conditions or another issue involving employment law, your may be protected from discrimination. To be sure of your obligations and rights regarding employment law in California, the best move is to contact an experienced employment law attorney at the Employment Law Office of Jacob I. Kiani.