California is known for its stance on discrimination. It's one of the states with the harshest penalties for employers and benefits for employees.
There is no reason for people to face discrimination in 2019, yet it happens every day. Whether you're in California or across the country, you have the potential to face discrimination as a person of color, due to your gender, because of your religion or due to other reasons.
Discrimination is the one thing that can catch anyone off-guard at work. Whether you're Asian, White, Black, Hispanic or another minority, discrimination can affect you. You might be discriminated against for being female, male or for your gender preferences. Essentially, all people have the potential to be discriminated against.
One thing that has been a problem in some workplaces is a kind of discrimination against hair. When it comes down to it, the hair isn't the problem. The problem is that some employers are racist, asking people of other races to change their hair from a natural form to something that they believe is more appropriate (with no justification for believing this).
It's not often you hear about judges fighting against the state, but in a case in California, that's exactly what's happening. A lawsuit filed by retired judges in California alleges that the state discriminated against them based on their ages.
No one wants to feel as if they're less than someone else simply because of their religion, gender or skin color. No one wants to think that their disability is impacting the way people view them or making it so they're not even considered for jobs.
National news was made when the United States Women's National team filed a lawsuit accusing the United States Soccer Federation of violations of equal pay alongside gender discrimination. The USWNT claims that the USSF hasn't provided adequate payments for the accomplishments of the team and has neglected its team in favor of the men's soccer team.
People often want to know exactly what they should do when they face workplace discrimination. They know that it feels unfair. They know that it is illegal. They just don't know what next steps to take to prove that it's happening to them.
When you're young and looking for that first job, you feel like your lack of experience holds you back. It's easy to think that, once you have a few decades of work under your belt, that won't be a problem. Work will be easy to find.
It is hard to believe that gender or sex discrimination still happens in the 21st century. However, if you pay attention to headlines or news reports, you know that it remains a problem in the United States. Now, it is not just about favoring a male worker over a female worker (or vice versa). It is about workplace mistreatment of gay and transgender workers as well.