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Workplace discrimination can make individuals dread their jobs

Many people have friends and co-workers with whom they enjoy carrying out their workdays. Of course, there may also be other individuals around the office or other place of employment that can make going to work an undesirable task. Unfortunately, many people who face workplace discrimination may not only feel a sense of dread when going to work, but they may also face the chance of losing their jobs for complaining.

California residents may be interested in such a situation that recently took place in another state. Reports indicated that an African-American man had worked for a hospital, and he alleges that he faced unfair treatment due to his race. The man reportedly endured racial slurs from co-workers and reprimands for actions that other workers were allowed to carry out.

Misclassification may lead to wage and hour claims

Going to work, performing duties and earning a paycheck is a common routine. Working hard is generally how most California residents earn a living that allows them to provide for themselves and their families. Even if they do not feeling that they are working their dream jobs, they may still appreciate the ability to generate a useful income. However, when an employer fails to properly compensate workers, wage and hour claims may become necessary.

It was recently reported that workers at four call centers in another state filed a complaint due to wage theft. The call centers are all operated by the same company, General Dynamics. The employees earn an hourly wage, but they believe that their positions are being misclassified and that they are being paid less than they should earn.

LGBT employees deserve equal treatment

In a perfect world, all people would treat others with dignity, regardless of sexual orientation. Unfortunately, as you know, we have not yet reached that point. Despite the progress that society has made toward equal rights, countless LGBT people across the country still receive poor treatment by their co-workers and employers. While there are laws in California that are supposed to protect you from discrimination, the reality is far from the ideal.

Workplace harassment for your sexual orientation or gender identity can range from feeling unwelcome or uncomfortable around your co-workers to a hostile and unsafe working environment or even unfair discipline or termination. You might face harassment or discrimination in the following ways:

  • Co-workers might think it is funny to make homophobic jokes or slurs in your presence. While you might be OK with the occasional joke, constant insulting jokes and teasing can contribute to a hostile environment.
  • If you are transgender or undergoing gender reassignment, the people you work with may not be sensitive to how you prefer them to address you, or they may harass you or become aggressive after the change.
  • Others in the workplace may ask you intrusive and inappropriate questions about your orientation or relationship status if you are private about your personal life.
  • Your employers’ and co-workers’ attitudes about you might change after finding out your LGBT status, and your employer could deny you denied benefits, pass you over for a promotion or fire you solely because of your identity.
  • Despite being the best qualified for a job, a manager might not hire you because of your sexual orientation.
  • A co-worker might threaten your safety or physically harm you.

Various feelings of betrayal could stem from sexual harassment

Most California residents expect their workplaces to have a safe and welcoming environment. However, as many individuals have made clear, some places of employment are less than enjoyable environments in which to work. Because sexual harassment can happen at any place of employment, many individuals could face lasting impacts, including mental issues and feelings of betrayal.

Various types of betrayal could be felt after experiencing sexual harassment. For instance, a person could deal with betrayal trauma. This type of betrayal typically stems from a situation in which a harassment victim is mistreated by an employer or other higher-up with whom he or she had an otherwise positive relationship. This could be particularly harmful as it may also cause trust issues for the victim.

Sexual harassment: Low-wage workers may think help too costly

With the new year well underway, many California residents hope to see positive changes taking place. For individuals who have faced or continue to face sexual harassment in the workplace, positive change is definitely a desire. Though the #MeToo movement got its start near the end of last year, it appears that many hope that 2018 will allow it to thrive.

It was recently reported that this anti-sexual harassment movement is now taking time to address the fact that this issue does not solely affect women in the entertainment industry. Though many celebrity stories reach the news more prominently, numerous other individuals in blue-collar jobs, such as restaurant workers, face these issues without as much recognition. However, the Time's Up movement hopes to help individuals in lower-paying jobs get out from under such harassment.

Workplace discrimination can put workers in dangerous situations

It is an unfortunate reality that many people face discriminatory actions on a daily basis. These unseemly and unwarranted actions generally result when parties treat others unfairly due to skin color, religion, gender or other factors. In particular, workplace discrimination is a serious issue that can leave many workers facing unnecessary difficulties and even potential job loss.

It was recently reported that six African-American individuals in another state had filed a lawsuit against the engineering and construction company for which they worked. The company is based in California. The workers claim that over the course of two years, they were subjected to harassing actions, unfair treatment and dangerous work conditions, such as freezing temperatures and icy conditions. The workers had reported incidents of discriminatory actions, but their complaints went unaddressed.

Workplace harassment can leave victims with detrimental effects

Facing unseemly behavior from other people day after day can take a considerable toll on individuals. When this behavior occurs at someone's place of employment, he or she may dread going to work and face other negative effects. Workplace harassment can take negatively impact the lives of California workers, often affecting their health and well-being.

It was recently reported that a study conducted regarding the effects of workplace harassment showed that victims suffered in a multitude of ways. Individuals who were more likely to suffer from harassing actions in the workplace included those who were female, overweight, divorced or multiracial. Not only can being subjected to this type of harassment have mental impacts, it can also result in physical detriments as well. 

Pregnancy issues: Employers may ask intrusive questions

Pregnancy can often bring about mixed emotions for many California residents. Though learning the news may bring great joy, it may also cause apprehensions. Parents-to-be may worry about possible complications that could arise, and many women may worry about pregnancy issues that could come up in regard to their employment. Discriminating against pregnant women is against the law, but only under certain conditions.

If an employer has at least 15 employees, he or she cannot discriminate against pregnant workers. However, an employer may still ask intrusive questions about the pregnancy or potential pregnancy. For instance, individuals may find themselves caught off guard if their bosses suddenly ask if they are trying to conceive a child. While this question may seem too personal for the workplace, it is legal for an employer to ask.

Low-wage workers may face sexual harassment in silence

Time and time again many people have unwanted sexual behaviors directed at them. In some instances, California residents may be able to brush off these actions and avoid the unseemly person in the future. In other cases, however, individuals may be subjected to sexual harassment continually at their places of employment and fear reporting the events due to possible retaliation.

This fear affected one woman who was raped on the job. She stated that she had left one position due to harassment from an employer, and while at a different job, a supervisor also began harassing her. She claimed that the man raped her after a few months of her working at her new position. She did not report the incident until several months had passed, and she was dismissed from her job soon after.

Sneaky ways your employer tries to take away your job

"It's not personal, it's business," may be a popular motto in the industry, but it is not always legal for employers to follow. The inconveniences of vacation time, sicknesses, medical treatment and maternity leave can cause employers to look for ways to indirectly fire you or get you to quit.

These methods are not legal, of course, but many affected employees do not know this. Sometimes, even employers are clueless, thinking they are just doing right by the business. Either way, if any of these situations are relevant to you, speak to an employment law attorney about protecting your rights.

  • Eliminating your position: Your employer may tell you that your position no longer exists due to restructuring.
  • Demoting you: Because of your absence, you may receive a demotion as a form of discipline, causing you to lose out on your previous pay and benefits. Alternatively, your employer may try to disguise the repositioning as a promotion, sideways move or special job just for you as a way to try to get around the law.
  • Giving your accounts to someone else: If you are a salesperson, someone else may get your accounts while you are away, and you may not get them back upon your return. Having to start over can hurt your success.
  • Hiring a new employee: Someone else may fill your position during your leave and stay in it permanently. This can lead to a demotion for you or an outright termination of employment.
  • Not making accommodations: If you have developed a disability, need to attend frequent doctor visits or pump breastmilk at work, your employer can make things difficult for you in hopes that you will quit on your own. It is important that you know your rights concerning accommodations so you can demand them from your employer instead of looking for a new workplace.
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