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California workers have a right to hold their employers accountable for providing safe workplaces that are free from harassment, threats, intimidation, hostility, and other illegal behaviors. For too long, toxic workplace cultures have been allowed to keep employees silent. Employees have demanded change, and rightfully so. Employees subjected to unlawful treatment should consult a San Jose employment law attorney to discuss their legal options.

Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace may include unwanted advances, inappropriate joking or behavior that is persistent enough to create a hostile work environment, and requests for sexual favors. 

California has some of the most comprehensive sexual harassment laws in the country. Compared with other states, employers have more responsibilities for training and compliance, and a far greater variety of behaviors constitute sexual harassment. This means that California employees enjoy greater rights and legal protection regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. It is, however, important to understand these rights and enforce them when they are violated. 

Retaliation

Both state and federal employment laws prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee who reports violations of employment law to federal, state, or local authorities. Retaliation can take many forms. It can be as blatant as firing the employee (who is sometimes referred to as a whistleblower,) but it does not have to be this drastic. Demotions, reduced responsibilities, pay cuts or freezes, or ineligibility for promotions can all be considered forms of retaliation under certain circumstances. Employees who believe they have experienced retaliation should discuss their circumstances with a San Jose employment law attorney.

Discrimination

State and federal law both prohibit discrimination in the workplace. As with other employment laws, California anti-discrimination laws tend to be more comprehensive than those in other states. For example, the discrimination statutes allow workers to file a gender discrimination lawsuit against a company with whom they had a venture capital relationship – either borrowing or lending – even if the plaintiff was not an official employee of the defendant. This is just one of many examples of ways in which California anti-discrimination laws are both broad and powerful.

Wrongful Termination

There are many unlawful reasons for the termination of a worker’s employment, including:

  • The employee’s race (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)
  • The fact that the employee is pregnant or has given birth (Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978)
  • The fact that the employee is aged forty or older (Age Discrimination in Employment Act)
  • An employee’s disability, if the individual is otherwise qualified to perform the job (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)

These are just the protections under federal law. As with other areas of employment law, California state law offers more protection.

An Experienced San Jose Employment Law Attorney May Be Able to Help

Many illegal behaviors are stopped because brave employees speak up and hold their employers accountable for following California employment laws. At the Law Office of Jeannette A. Vaccaro, we fight hard to defend employee’s workplace rights and know how to hold employers accountable for violating the law. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced San Jose employment law attorney.

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Jeannette is passionate about employee rights. She fights to shed light on injustices and to help her clients move beyond troubling times. Contact Jeannette today for a free case evaluation.

Jeannette A. Vaccaro is a Passionate and zealous advocate, representing employees in all facets of employment law.

Think You May Have A Case?

Jeannette is passionate about employee rights. She fights to shed light on injustices and to help her clients move beyond troubling times. Contact Jeannette today for a free case evaluation.

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