Legislators try very hard to obtain gender equality in the workplace. A new California law that prohibits companies from paying female employees lower salaries than males if they do similar jobs came into force on Jan. 1. However, women on all levels of the employment ladder may be vulnerable to discrimination when they decide to start a family -- even those in high profile jobs in Beverly Hills.
Recently, you may have seen reports confirming that working women still earn less than men on the average. However, a recent law school study revealed that your weight could also be the reason your paycheck is smaller. In fact, if you are even slightly overweight, you may be making less than an average-sized woman.
Often when those in the media describe a shakeup in a company, they report that the company's CEO has "stepped down." More often than not, this means that the CEO was forced to resign, perhaps to save the company the negative press of a scandal.
Pregnancy is a journey. With all of its joys and even hardships, it should never be a source for discrimination when it comes to the workplace. If you believe you were fired because of your pregnancy, you were most likely wrongfully terminated.
Sexual harassment, which can be defined as anything from unwanted touching to lewd comments that cause discomfort, has been discouraged in workplaces for decades.
In the 1960s, a popular slogan of young people was "Don't trust anyone over 30." Unfortunately, many of the same people who uttered these words back in the day are seeing this attitude being used against them in the form of age discrimination in the workplace.
You were just fired or demoted, but it doesn't seem fair. After all, it makes sense to get fired for stealing money from the company or intentionally lighting the office building on fire, but what if you didn't do anything wrong? What if you were let go because your boss didn't like the color of your tie, or the baseball team you follow, or the pictures of your dog you posted online? Is that legal?
As a California employee, you have many different rights. For instance, you have the right to work in an environment free from racial discrimination. You also have the right to file a workers' compensation claim if you are injured. However, vacation time and sick time are typically benefits, not rights.
Although most people are employed "at will," meaning that there is always an understanding that complete job security is never a certainty, there are still protections in place based on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) standards. These standards forbid discrimination based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation or disability status.
In order to keep workplaces fair and comfortable for all employees, employers are required to comply with standards set by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).