Employees are afforded many rights in California. One of these is whistleblower protection. Whistleblowing refers to an instance in which an employee reports their employer for breaching public trust or violating a law. This is an extremely important employee right not only because it can help keep employers in check, but also because it protects employees who do the right thing. It is worth noting that California’s whistleblower laws afford protection to employees in both the private and public sector.
Having rights is one thing. Feeling free and encouraged to use them is quite another. A poll conducted by the Huffington Post and YouGov found that a large number of respondents claimed they had been harassed at their place of work, with 13 percent claiming harassment by their boss or superior, and 19 percent claiming harassment by a co-worker who was not a boss or superior. Perhaps the most alarming data from the poll was that of those who claimed they had been harassed; 70 percent of them never reported the harassment.
The Americans with Disabilities Act provides guidelines and regulations to ensure that employers treat those with disabilities as fairly as they treat those without disabilities. With the ADA, disabled individuals no longer have to worry about whether or not their disability will prevent them from being hired or advancing in a workplace for which they are perfectly qualified. In order to minimize the amount of subjectivity that could come with disability protections, the ADA is very clear with many of the protections it affords, and to whom those protections are afforded.
We live in a progressive society that has made monumental strides in terms of achieving social equality. Unfortunately, as far as we've come as a society, there is still a long way to go for some people individually. We can all hope that one day the world will be completely free of prejudice and discrimination, but, at the moment, there are undeniably people out there who still engage in discriminatory conduct. If these people end up in a position of power in the workplace, they can cause real problems for those who work under them.