Everyone has the right to be fairly treated in their workplace. For a business to be successful, it requires the cooperation of its employees and this is best secured by treating them correctly. Unfortunately, across California, many employees go unpaid, suffer discrimination or become embroiled in workplace disputes, creating a hostile environment. Some have their employment terminated altogether, either in retaliation for a complaint, or as a discriminatory action.
The job market can be tough at times, so most workers will do their bit to fulfill their duties and hold onto their jobs. Unfortunately, many employees in California have their positions terminated unfairly. Regardless of their value as a worker, if they come into conflict with their employer, their job is at risk. Fear of retaliation such as this further prevents many workers from challenging unfair treatment in their place of work.
No one should be made to feel threatened or uncomfortable in their place of work. Unfortunately, there are all too many people who overstep the boundaries between themselves and their employees or colleagues. Sexual harassment is a serious issue and one that is all too often ignored. In California, a recent lawsuit has resulted in a hefty settlement fee for the county.
Hostile treatment in the workplace is always unpleasant. However, when that treatment stems from someone’s intolerance and is directed at matters unrelated to the job, it is particularly unfair. Discrimination in the workplace takes many forms, but none of them are acceptable. Employees should be judged on their merit, not matters such as race, gender, age or disabilities. In California, a firefighter has seen his racial discrimination suit reinstated by a federal court.