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March 2019 Archives

Many cases of pregnancy discrimination go unreported

For over 40 years now, the federal government has afforded employment protections to pregnant women via the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. This law basically prevents women who are in the workforce from being singled out or discriminated against because they either want to have child or are expecting a child and have to take time off of work for pregnancy-related issues. Likewise, California has for several years had its own, broader laws in force that further protect pregnant women.

When will transgender discrimination most likely occur at work?

Despite the increased awareness of the issue within the last decade, many California transgender employees continue to experience discrimination. As revealed by the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 26 percent of transgender workers lose their jobs due to bias and nearly half of them experienced harassment on the job.

Workplace dress codes in California can sometimes be unlawful

It probably comes as no surprise that California employers, generally speaking, have the right to create workplace rules and policies that their employees are expected to follow. Employers have leeway to enforce these rules, including firing an employee who breaks them.

Can Californians talk about their wages at work?

For many people who go to work in Fresno, California, talking about one's wages is taboo. Even if no one specifically says so, people just seem afraid to talk about how much money they are making or, at best, feel very uncomfortable with the prospect of doing so.

Essential job functions in an employment discrimination context

A Northern California resident who has done any sort of job search in recent years has probably noticed that job descriptions include a list of what are called "essential job functions." More than just being a way of describing the job, these essential job functions are important for legal reasons, particularly for California employees who may have a disability.

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