There are broad federal and state regulations that protect workers from inequity in the workplace. Employment discrimination can take a number of forms in California, such as when employers show bias based upon race, sex, disability, religion and a host of other protected classes. In these circumstances, there are steps workers may take to ensure that their rights are protected.
When first faced with situations that are uncomfortable, it can be important for workers to not only make an employer aware that they feel discriminated against but also to ensure that the employer is taking the circumstances seriously. This can mean asking that a written report be made of incidents and that further documentation is taken by management if harassment continues. Also, employees may request that disciplinary actions be taken against the aggressors.
If employees feel that they are not receiving any response from their employers, they can consider contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC is the government agency tasked with overseeing federal anti-discrimination laws. In addition, during all of these steps, employees may find it beneficial to keep a written account of any specific incidents of discrimination or harassment.
There are many additional ways that employment discrimination can impact workers in California. When dealing with discrimination, however, there are may be both state and federal laws that protect employees and can come into play if an employee wishes to seek a civil lawsuit. Attorneys who are experienced in employment law will be in the best position to discuss the various legal options available.
Source: Findlaw, “Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees“, Accessed on Aug. 10, 2016