Every winter holiday season for several years has erupted into a cultural war between advocates of "Merry Christmas" and those who back "Happy Holidays," instead. The reality, however, is that the winter months have major holidays in them for many of the world's religions -- and you shouldn't have to face religious discrimination at work if you don't happen to share the same faith as your employers or co-workers.
Much attention in the news is given to situations where an employee currently working for an employer suffers harassment or discrimination. Likewise, Californians often hear about situations in which an employee gets fired or otherwise forced out of her job for discriminatory reasons.
Recently, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, announced that it was pursuing several large corporations, including a major rental car company, a large bank, and a nationally known investment advisory firm, on allegations that they engaged in discriminatory recruiting.
No matter where you are in the United States, you may deal with discrimination if you're part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. While your rights may have come a long way, there is still some distance to go, especially in the workplace.
The United Parcel Service, or UPS, has agreed to pay $2.25 million to various employees who may have suffered pregnancy discrimination. Additionally, UPS will also review its pregnancy discrimination policies to make sure that they are in compliance with the law and will also offer additional training to human resources professionals and supervisors.
If there is one thing that can make a workplace feel hostile, it's discrimination. Workplace discrimination is harmful because workers are made to feel like they don't belong.
As previous posts here have discussed, the #MeToo movement has done a lot to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. For one, it has encouraged more people who have been victims of this form of workplace harassment to speak up and demand the justice they deserve.
Discrimination is defined as treating someone unjustly or with prejudice as a result of their differences. By law, discrimination against certain groups of people is illegal. These laws aim to protect vulnerable groups and encourage equality when employers hire, promote or terminate employees.
One of Silicon Valley's most famous companies, Google, recently settled a class action lawsuit alleging age discrimination to the tune of $11 million. Those who were watching the case believe the settlement may spur California's many technology companies to make changes to prevent age discrimination in the workplace.
California is the home to people of many different ethnicities and national origins. People from all over the world come to the Los Angeles area and to Southern California more generally for the various economic opportunities and freedoms that this state offers.