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What is the Department of Fair Employment and Housing?

Have you been concerned about or suspected that you have been impacted by some type of discrimination at work in California? Maybe you have felt discriminated against in the process of seeking a job for which you were not ultimately hired. When these things happen, you need to know what rights you have and what laws and agencies handle these issues.

Bullying by a co-worker

Have you ever felt as though a colleague has treated you inappropriately at work in California? If so, you are sadly not alone. Forbes indicates that a researcher from the University of Phoenix suggests that nearly three-fourths of all workers in America have experienced some type of bullying at work. Additionally, this bullying may happen from people in a range of positions from those above you to those below you as well as from your own peers.

How common is sex-related harassment at work?

If you have heard reports about people saying they have been harassed at work because of their gender or that they have encountered sexual harassment in the workplace in California, you may have wondered how often this actually happens. Maybe you have known someone who has experienced this type of harassment. Perhaps you have even been on the receiving end of such inappropriate and illegal behavior. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission collects and reports data on the number of reports of sex-based harassment filed around the nation and that can give some insight into how broadly spread this problem is.

Know your rights at work

Work can be back-breaking and intellectually consuming, so it is important to be paid fairly, and in California there are specific laws protecting employees from wage theft or discrimination. Not only do employers need to meet the state minimum wage, there are other laws on the books affording rights to California workers.

Laws Protecting the Rights of California Workers

You might be familiar with basic labor laws, but there are, in fact, a litany of legislative and administrative rules dictating appropriate behavior for employers in California. Infractions should not be taken lightly, and according to the Society for Human Resource Management, there are a number of new employment laws that will take effect throughout the state in 2017. It is important that employers and employees alike be aware of the labor laws that rule the workplace, including some of the most common violations.

What can be done when an employer retaliates?

Among the many laws that companies must comply with in the state of California are those that govern how they may or may not treat their employees or people who are seeking employment with them. Among these laws is the clear identification that is it illegal for a company to retaliate against an employee. This may be done through demotions, terminations, job denials or other actions. If you believe you have been retaliated against, you should know your rights.

Overtime for nonexempt employees

If you have a job in California, you know that there are certain laws your employer must follow. Certainly the law cannot mandate exactly how much money you earn other than outlining provisions for minimum wage requirements. However, there are ways the law does help to provide guidelines for what you should be paid in certain situations such as when you work beyond what is considered a normal or full day or week of work.

Woman accuses county of wrongful termination

California residents who are employed should be able to know and trust that they will be treated respectfully while on the job. Certainly there are laws that aim to prevent blatant discrimination and harassment yet they do not always manage to stop people who simply choose to do the wrong things. Similarly, people are supposed to be able to report inappropriate behavior without fear of any form of retaliatory behavior.

Laws about discrimination during recruiting

Are you one of the many California residents who is looking for a new job? You deserve to know that you have equal chances at being selected for an interview and eventually hired for a job that someone else so long as you are properly qualified for it based upon your education and work history experience. Those, in fact, should be the primary factors upon which a company should assess your potential employment. 

What is ERISA?

If you work for a business in California that offers a company-sponsored retirement plan as part of its employee benefits package, you should know that there are laws governing these plans. The United States Department of Labor indicates that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 was set up to protect the assets you put into your company's retirement plan.

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