The amount of unfair treatment to which employees in California are exposed is unacceptable. Sadly, it is the same throughout the United States. While many employers are fair and diligent, all too many remain who are unable to show any respect to their employees. Some go as far as to criticize them for personal characteristics such as their appearance or even their gender.
Discrimination of any variety should not be tolerated. However, sometimes it is harder to spot than you might think. It is important to be aware of others in your place of work, both to protect those receiving unfair treatment and to confront those instigating the problem. Individuals may be targeted for any number of traits, ranging from their race or ancestry, to their age, gender or sexual orientation.
As this article on California law explains, others may be singled out for their marital status or even for a disability. Whatever the case, employers should not tolerate such misconduct and nor should you. Your employer has a duty to protect his or her staff. Furthermore, if over 50 are employed, the employer is expected to supply them with training for the prevention of sexual harassment.
If you suspect that someone in your place of work is experiencing discrimination, you should report the matter immediately. Similarly, if you experience discrimination, you might benefit from the support of an attorney. He or she can advise you about what to do next and might be able to assist you if you choose to file a lawsuit.