When an employee experiences harassment or other types of mistreatment in the workplace, he or she may feel hurt, embarrassed, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. If you believe that you are a victim of illegal behavior that is harassing or demeaning, you have the right to take legal steps to protect yourself and your interests.
According to a letter distributed to research center staff at the University of California, Los Angeles, in March, some men working at the Alzheimer's disease research laboratory, part of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, created hostile conditions for three female workers. An outside investigator had been brought in to address allegations of discrimination and found that the harassment had been going on for 10 years.
California residents may be interested to learn that, on April 1, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that a transgender woman was protected against gender-based harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The woman filed a lawsuit against the Army after she was subjected to embarrassment and ridicule due to gender identity.
A lawsuit brought against Facebook for discrimination and harassment may be of concern for California employees in tech industries. On March 16, a former employee of Facebook took the company to court for sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, gender and national origin. She claimed that during her time working for Facebook, from June 2010 to October 2013, she faced sexual harassment and/or discrimination from over 50 other employees.
California residents might be interested to learn about a recent lawsuit filed by a former Harvard University professor, alleging the Ivy League school refused to grant her tenure in retaliation for her advocacy and other behavior. According to court documents, the woman claims she was told she should expect tenure, but then it was not granted after she had complained about gender equity.
Race discrimination is a serious problem that can affect people in California who are employed as well as those who are seeking employment. Employers may be found guilty of race discrimination in the workplace if they treat an individual differently because of their race or color.
In California, dealing with a potential or current employee in a negative manner because of pregnancy-related conditions is considered pregnancy discrimination. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes such treatment illegal and subject to legal action. Pregnancy discrimination can be exhibited in hiring practices, dismissal, termination, training procedures, employment benefits, advancement or assigned work. Any aspect of current or future employment that is viewed negatively and related to pregnancy may be considered discriminatory.
A 2012 California law prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace. An employer must accommodate the religious requirements of an employee unless it would cause undue hardship. The hardship threshold is higher in California than at the federal level, which permits that even moderate hardship can preclude adherence to the federal nondiscrimination law.
Readers in California might be interested to know that an employee of Target Corporation is suing the company for racial and disability discrimination and retaliation. The filing was submitted in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on July 23.
A former UCLA employee is suing the University of California Board of Regents for losing her job after she complained about her boss's conduct. The female employee, who is black and 59 years old, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. Her 52-year-old white former supervisor is also named as a defendant. Until the former employee was fired, she was allegedly considered a valued team member and a person who received good reviews.