Fair treatment is an essential element of a happy working environment. Sadly, it is not something that all employees in California benefit from. However, as we have seen before, many workers are subjected to demeaning, insulting or otherwise unfair treatment in their place of work at the hands of colleagues and superiors. Often, at the root of this mistreatment is intolerance, although this can take many forms.
In California, the rights of employees not to be discriminated against are protected by law. Under this legislation, no employee may be harassed or treated discriminatorily on any of the following grounds, whether actual or perceived:
- Race, ancestry or natural origin.
- Any form of disability.
- Age, if 40 or over.
- Religion, including attire and appearance.
- Sexual orientation.
- Gender identity, gender or gender expression.
- Conditions such as childbirth or medical conditions.
As is explained on the Department of Fair Employment and Housing website, these are just a few of the elements covered by the legislation. However, it is important to bear in mind that if you are mistreated in the workplace, you have the right to challenge those responsible. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly in their place of work and those who do not respect that fact must be confronted.
If you have been subjected to a hostile work environment, you may be able to claim compensation. Whatever the case, an attorney might have the advice and information you require. He or she can evaluate your situation and may be able to assist you in making a claim and seeking fairer treatment in your place of work.