Workers in California have a right to be free from retaliation when they seek to protect themselves from discrimination, sexual harassment or other kinds of unlawful workplace conduct. Sometimes, retaliation can take the form of a wrongful termination or being passed over for promotions, perks and appropriate performance bonuses. One federal district court is also embracing the position expressed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, that waivers of an employee's right to pursue discrimination claims are a form of retaliation in advance.
As a worker in a restaurant, you are used to working under pressure for long hours. The restaurant industry is a difficult one, and while employees work extremely hard, they can unfortunately be especially vulnerable to exploitation. This is why it is so important that restaurant workers in the state of California understand their rights to a minimum wage and overtime pay.
A California woman is suing her former employer for allegedly firing her for becoming pregnant. Ironically, the employer provides preconception and prenatal testing services for women who hope to become pregnant.
Even though it is illegal for employers in California to discriminate against employees on the basis of age, this type of prejudicial treatment still occurs regularly in the workplace. However, just 3 percent of older adults who experience age discrimination file a complaint against their employer, according to research from AARP.
California employees may be interested to learn that the former head of the City of San Diego's Public Records Department claimed in a lawsuit that she was fired for refusing to bend public record laws during the 2017 Hepatitis A outbreak. The former employee filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the City's Risk Management Department at the end of January.