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June 2018 Archives

Pregnant employees still face workplace discrimination

Although it is illegal for employers in California and elsewhere to discriminate against employees due to pregnancy, many pregnant women still experience discrimination in the workplace. This is particularly true for pregnant women who work for large corporations.

Dealing with retaliation as a whistleblower

When you witness unlawful practices in the workplace or notice unlawful policies that are in place at your company, you might deem it appropriate to report the situation to the relevant governmental agency. When your intention is to uphold the law and protect yourself and your coworkers from potential harm or exploitation, you have the complete right to do this. These types of reports, as well as many other actions, are known as whistleblower actions.

Theories as to why the wage gap still exists

The Equal Pay Act was signed into law in 1963, and it was designed to make sure that workers in California and around the country were paid the same for doing equal work. However, a wage gap still exists in 2018. The extent of the gap depends on factors such as a worker's gender and ethnicity. Women generally have to wait until April 10 to get the same pay that a man made in the previous year.

Upper limits on desired experience could be seen as ageism

An employer in California or anywhere else in America could commit age discrimination by placing an upper limit on experience required for a job. A man in his 60s applied for a job at STMicroelectronics, Inc. that ultimately went to a person who was 36-years-old. According to the man, he was told by a supervisor that he had too much life experience and could be too inflexible for the role.

Handling sexual harassment in today's workplace

Of employees who responded to a CareerBuilder survey, 12 percent said that they had been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. However, 72 percent said that they had not reported the incident to their employer. Workers in California and throughout the country may feel embarrassed or ashamed after being sexually harassed. Many don't report their experiences because they feel like nothing will be done about it or they will face negative repercussions.