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New laws will impact California workplace discrimination claims

When a person experiences unfair treatment in the workplace, it is that worker's right to speak out and take legal action. In many cases, this involves speaking out about experiencing workplace discrimination. While anyone who experiences this in the workplace can take legal action, there is a limited amount of time to do so. Thanks to new California laws that will come into effect in January, this timeframe will be longer.

Up until this point, a person only had one year to report workplace discrimination and file a claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Under the new law, called the SHARE Act, an employee now has up to three years to do so. The federal discrimination laws still gives federal employees 180 days to report mistreatment in their places of work.

Supporters of this bill claimed that the extension was necessary because many workers were unaware of their rights under state law. Others are reluctant to speak out when they experience discrimination, and as a result, they may let the deadline expire. However, some California business advocates claim that this will actually just make it more difficult for employers to take care of problems in a reasonable timeframe.

When workplace discrimination occurs, the subject of the discrimination has the right to take those concerns to the appropriate authorities. Often, a victim may not know what the process entails or how to move forward. This is why many find it beneficial to first discuss their case and learn more about their rights from an experienced employment law attorney. 

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