California employees are offered protection against sexual harassment and other types of workplace harassment and discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act in addition to federal law, but this is not the case in every state. In many states, employees are vulnerable to sexual harassment in the workplace because Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect independent contractors or employees at companies that have fewer than 15 workers.
Although employment law has addressed the problem of sexual harassment for many years, workplaces throughout the state could come under greater scrutiny if proposed bills achieve approval. SB-1343, AB-1867 and AB-2366 address issues like training and record keeping.
The U.S. Census Bureau says that 54 million Americans have a disability. Those in California who are disabled may have to contend with an issue called ableism. This is defined as discrimination that favors those who do not have a disability. Of those between the ages of 16 and 64 who are disabled, there is a 70 percent unemployment rate, and those who can find work report difficulty doing so.
Activists in California and across the United States observed Equal Pay Day on April 10 with a sad reminder about what still needs to be done in regard to the gender pay gap in the American workplace. According to the most recent estimates published by the Institute of Women's Policy Research, an organization that has been researching income disparity since 1987, female workers in the U.S. earn just a little over 80 cents per every dollar earned by their male counterparts.
California is a state that has a lot of protections for individuals who aren't protected in many other states. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer, or LGTBQ, community is one that enjoys specific protections in this state. It is imperative that anyone who is included in this group, as well as heterosexuals and anyone else who identifies with a specific gender or sexual preference, understands their rights.
Older workers in California might recognize some of the tactics that IBM has allegedly used to shift people over age 40 off its payroll. An investigation by ProPublica and Mother Jones discovered that an estimated 60 percent of the U.S. workers cut by IBM in the previous five years were over 40.