If you are being subjected to unwanted sexual advances or vulgar words or gestures, then you may have a serious legal matter on your hands. Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal in California law. Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as federal law thanks to Title VII. In the San Francisco area, we take pride in our award-winning employee satisfaction, which means that mistreatment of employees, including sexual harassment, is not tolerated kindly.
It can be hard enough to find work sometimes without being held back by other people's narrow-minded views. Sadly, many workers in California struggle against discrimination and unfair treatment not only in their place of work, but even during the application process. Although it is natural for an employer to seek the best-suited candidates for a position within their organization, the interview process is bound by strict regulations.
As most employees will agree, when you are at work, you should be judged on the performance of your duties. If you work hard and follow the rules, surely there should be no problems. Unfortunately, for many employees in California, this is not the case. Every day they are subjected to a hostile work environment and singled out for reasons that have nothing to do with their jobs.
Wrongful termination can sometimes be a difficult concept to grasp in a state like California, where employers can fire their employees for any reason and at any time as long as the termination is not unlawful. This is why it is important to know the exceptions to the rule and understand when termination is unlawful.