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Retaliation, discrimination a problem in California

There is no place in the United States, regardless of location, for workplace retaliation or discrimination. However, this is a problem that continues to be an issue throughout the country.

According to recent information released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employer retaliation against employees who complained about discrimination or filed a lawsuit was the number one charge investigated by the agency.

In the state of California, this was the number one discrimination charge. Fortunately, the 2013 total decreased more than five percent when compared to 2012. That being said, in fiscal 2013 there were 3,223 retaliation charges filed in the state.

Charges of race discrimination ranked second in California as well as nationally. In California, 2,285 complaints were filed. In California, disability discrimination was third, with sex discrimination and age discrimination following in that order. The good thing is that each of these claims declined when compared to the previous year, however, it is never good for any of these concerns to come to light.

As long as there are employers and employees, there will never be a year when the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is not prompted to investigate a matter. This remains a concern in California, and other states are dealing with similar issues.

In the event that somebody is the victim of workplace retaliation or discrimination, the first step is typically to contact the human resources department. From there, some people decide to get in touch with an employment law attorney to ensure that their rights are protected moving forward. Taking a stand also serves as a symbol and inspiration to others to do the same to put an end to workplace lapses of ethics and fairness.

Source: Sacramento Business Journal, "Employer retaliation tops complaints to EEOC" Kathy Robertson, Feb. 07, 2014

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