Finding out you are pregnant is a joyous experience. You might be ready to start planning what you are going to do. Baby names, the nursery and your labor and delivery are all things you might think about. At some point, you might realize that you will need to decide how to handle your job. Before you make any decision, think about these points.
As an older resident of Los Angeles, you may be concerned about your viability in the workplace as you continue to age. Jobs can be more difficult to come by the older you are, after all. However, there are protections in place to ensure that you have a fair shot at employment just like anyone else.
Residents and workers in California just like you have the right to live and work where you are comfortable, uninhibited by race, creed, religion, and other personal decisions or labels. However, you should also be aware of disparate impact and how it might affect you as an employee.
The workforce in California is made up of employees of almost all ages, from teens to octogenarians. Every person who wants to work should have the opportunity, and in many cases, it is against the law for companies to make choices about hiring, firing, training, promotions, assignments and pay based on age. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing both outline the rules and regulations that are aimed at preventing age discrimination in the state.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans on taking up a new bill that addresses LGBT rights in the workplace. The debate is planned on July 12th and it is widely expected to pass Committee. The bill, the First Amendment Defense Act, would allow business, government, and other entities that receive taxpayer funds to ignore laws that conflict with their religious beliefs. This bill is the latest in a series of laws that the Republican lead House has taken up regarding LGBT rights.
Historically, anti-discrimination and workplace harassment laws only protected wage employees. Interns and volunteers could be subjected to this behavior without any recourse. Not so in California. Last year California extended anti-discrimination and workplace harassment protections to unpaid interns, volunteers and apprenticeships. California is the third state to do so after New York and Oregon. This article will go over those protections and how it may apply to you or your children.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or "EEOC") filed two lawsuits in the beginning of March. These two lawsuits allege employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Specifically, that these two employers allowed a pattern of hostile actions and harassment to take place and then retaliated against those employees when they lodged complaints.
Protections against workplace discrimination don't start after you are hired. Rather, these protections, guaranteed under Title VII legislation, begin the moment you seek employment. It regulates both the assessment of resumes, interview process, and job placement and even before all of that, when the advertisement for the job is placed. Every step of employment from soliciting prospective employees to hiring to the workplace itself bans discrimination.
Pregnancy is not a valid reason to punish an employee. Pregnancy is meant to be a terrifyingly wonderful time because you are ushering in a new life, not because you are worried about how your boss will take it. It is unlawful for an employer to harass you due to your pregnancy. Harassment can take many forms from the blatant, like firing you after you announce, to the sinisterly subtle, like demoting you. Don't think that protections for pregnant women begin and end with harassment laws.
Throughout California and, indeed, the United States as a whole, a huge number of workers endure conditions that are simply unacceptable. Whether they are being paid too little or forced to work for too long or being subject to a hostile or unsafe work environment, it is something no one should have to put up with. However, many people do not realize that they may be able to get legal support.