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Has your employer retaliated against you?

As a worker, you may have found yourself thinking that you did not work in the best environment. Perhaps your coworkers often made rude comments or did not work as hard as they should. Maybe your boss often made you feel uncomfortable for one reason or another. Whatever the issues, they seemed minor and you overlooked them.

How does federal law protect me from sex discrimination?

It doesn't matter if you're male or female, your employer cannot discriminate against you on the basis of your gender. In other words, if you're working at a construction site and you're female, your boss can't give a potentially dangerous job to your male colleague instead of you just because you're a woman. Similarly, if you're a cocktail waiter, your boss can't deny you shifts, just because he or she would prefer to have a female staff member serving drinks on a particular night.

Are you being subjected to a hostile work environment?

No matter where you work here in California, there is probably at least one person you find it difficult to work with. Whether you have personality differences or there is something else that makes it challenging to work with him or her, you may find yourself dreading having to interact with that person. Maybe your boss is lacking in managerial skills, which makes it difficult to get some things done.

Renowned geneticist resigns after sexual harassment accusations

The University of California Irvine has bid goodbye to renowned geneticist and faculty member Francisco J. Ayala, who donated $10 million dollars to the School of Biological Sciences. The faculty member is a winner of the coveted Templeton Prize -- also won by the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa. He is famous for his work in genetics which has benefited hundreds of millions of people around the world through the prevention and treatment of serious disease conditions.

LGBT persons still face sexual harassment in the workplace

In today's society, you should have the freedom to embrace your sexual orientation. In recent years, the LGBT community gained significant support from the public and the government, and for decades California has been a leader in this support. Same-sex couples can marry, divorce and more easily adopt children than at any other point in the country's history.

4 common categories of on-the-job discrimination

Workplace discrimination takes a variety of forms and if your discrimination falls under the category of a "protected status," you may have the support of powerful state and federal laws to pursue financial justice in court. For example, if you were discriminated for any of the following for reasons -- and you can gather the facts and evidence to prove it in court -- you may have the building blocks of a successful claim:

Unlawful termination: Were you the squeaky wheel that got fired?

Sometimes, the squeaky wheel is the one that gets the grease. Other times, it's the one that gets fired. When it comes to employees who complain about certain conditions at their workplaces, they're a bit like squeaky wheels. Good employers will listen to them, evaluate the situation and do what's necessary to fix it. Bad employers will simply ignore the employee and end the employment relationship. In many cases, this kind of termination is unlawful.

Are you improperly classified as an independent contractor?

Many people think that earning an income works by getting a job, becoming an employee and earning a wage. However, that type of scenario does not apply to every situation. Some people choose to work as independent contractors and some employers insist that certain of their workers provide their labor as independent contractors.

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