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How does the FEHA differ from the ADA?

California takes employment law very seriously, and employees of nearly all walks of life are protected by the Fair Employment and Housing Act, which protects many employees from discrimination or harassment based on their age, race, gender and many other things. The FEHA also provides these protections to disabled individuals. You may wonder why California needs such a law considering that a federal law exists in the form of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but you may not know that the FEHA actually provides broader protections than the ADA.

Black worker alleges racial discrimination

The workplace should never be, and yet often can be, frightening or unfair. Employees may feel that they are underappreciated or mistreated, but they may also be afraid to speak out about their feelings due to fear of retaliation. This is especially true for employees who are low on the corporate ladder, such as entry-level workers. What you might not know is just how many rights are afforded to employees, and how you can take advantage of them to be compensated for your mistreatment.

Do not suffer unlawful employment termination

In at-will employment states like California, employers can terminate their employees for any reason and at any time, as long as the reason is not considered unlawful. However, there is a fine line between being unfairly fired from your job and being unjustly fired from your job. It can sometimes be difficult to determine when termination is unfair and when it is unjust, especially if you are not familiar with the law as it pertains to wrongful termination. If you believe that you were unjustly fired from your job, consider meeting with an attorney to discuss the aspects of your case.

Age discrimination is illegal in California

California is a state that prides itself on being progressive with employment law, ensuring that all workers are treated equally and fairly regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or any other factor. Not only are employees legally protected against sexual harassment and wrongful termination, they are protected against discrimination. What California residents may not realize is just how far that discrimination protection extends, and how many issues are covered thanks to California’s employee rights laws.