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Am I being sexually harassed?

Sexual harassment is an extremely traumatic and disturbing experience to have to suffer through, especially in the workplace where trust and collaboration are so important. Obviously, it is difficult to work closely with someone who is sexually harassing you, and depending on the circumstances, your own productivity and peace of mind will likely be detrimentally affected by the behavior. But if you confront your harasser, you may be told to "lighten up" and that it's all "just a joke."

You are protected from religious discrimination

Current events have placed a great deal of scrutiny on members of certain religions, and unfortunately some Americans believe that they are being good, patriotic citizens by launching a crusade against those who follow these religions. It is important to remember that the Constitution affords all citizens freedom of speech, meaning that American citizens are well within their rights to voice criticisms or concerns against a religious demographic. However, this freedom does not extend to how individuals are treated, particularly in the workforce.

California residents do not have to suffer unlawful termination

It is difficult to tell which situation is more unfortunate: being illegally mistreated at work but remaining employed or losing your job for unlawful reasons. On the one hand, you have an income and employment, but your days are likely extremely uncomfortable and stressful if you are facing discrimination or sexual harassment. On the other hand, you are free from such a toxic environment, but you have lost your income and way of life for wrong and unlawful reasons.

What are California's whistleblower laws?

Whistleblower laws are extremely common in order to protect employees who report illegal activities in which their employers are engaging. If you inform the authorities of shady or illegal operations in which you discover your employer involved, your employer may try to fire you in order to get back at you. You should not have to fear termination or any kind of mistreatment for doing the right thing, and that is why California takes extra care of such employees.