California workers may be treating their male colleagues different than their female colleagues without even realizing it. For instance, a person may interrupt a woman in the middle of a sentence but not do the same to a male. This is referred to as a "micro-inequity'. Other such inequities include a lack of eye contact or signs of boredom when talking with a woman while being excited to talk with a male.
People with disabilities in California and across the United States often face discrimination in the workplace. However, there are laws that protect the rights of disabled workers, including the right to take medical leave. Several major corporations have recently settled large lawsuits after they strictly limited the amount of time off disabled workers could take or required them to be cured of their disabilities before returning to the job. The latest settlement with the federal government was concluded by Mueller Industries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A federal lawsuit filed by two former employees of AT&T Mobility could have implications for other companies in California and throughout the nation. The women claimed that they were terminated after missing work because of reasons related to their pregnancy. One of the plaintiffs alleges that she was terminated after missing work to care for her infant son.
For South Asians on the job in California and throughout the United States, the ancient hierarchy of caste can continue to lead to discrimination in the workplace. Caste conflict and struggles for equality remain an important topic in South Asian politics, and while issues around caste may seldom be discussed outside affected communities in the United States, they can have a significant effect on work relationships.
Despite the attention that has been drawn to the issue, sexual harassment remains a major concern for many women in California workplaces. This is one reason why several bills are pending in the California legislature to further address the laws related to sexual harassment and employment in the state.