Last week on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, we had mentioned that a Los Angeles Police Department officer had won his race harassment lawsuit that he had filed against the city for failing to protect his rights and for failing to put an end to harassment in the workplace when supervisors and other officials became aware of the environment the black officer was forced to work in.
Los Angeles is a diverse city, but even though residents of all races and religions live here, folks continue to face harassment and discrimination on the basis of their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender. Unfortunately, discrimination and harassment is not something that only occurs on the streets; it also occurs in the workplace. The workplace should be a place where all hard-working employees are respected, but not all employers respect the rights of their employees.
A former American Apparel employee who signed an "At Will Employment Confidentiality Agreement" is now suing the company for wrongful termination and other wrongdoings. The employee has disclosed some very concerning issues regarding his employment with the company that he believes the public should be aware of, but American Apparel claims that the allegations are false and that the former employee has violated a "Mandatory Arbitration and Mediation Agreement" by filing a lawsuit against the company.
Last week, President Barack Obama signed an important bill that gives more protections to federal employees, including federal security agency employees. The White House reported on Nov. 27 that President Obama signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.
Children and teens can be immature and say hurtful things to others who are different from them. Parents usually tell their children to simply ignore someone else's hurtful words. People don't expect adults to act this way toward others, though, especially in professional settings like the workplace. And when this type of behavior does occur, it should not be tolerated.
Workers in Los Angeles and throughout the entire state of California are protected under anti-discrimination laws that ban employers from discriminating against and harassing workers based on their age, gender, national origin, disability, race, religion and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, this does not mean that discrimination and harassment in the workplace is non-existent.