No one should feel unsafe in the workplace, yet it happens far too often here in California and elsewhere. Despite state and federal laws against it, discrimination continues to plague many businesses. Most companies have policies and procedures to combat it, but in some cases, that just makes the perpetrators more subtle, but that does not mean you have no options.
Discrimination takes on many forms. If you belong to a protected group, such as those listed below, the law is designed to protect you:
- Race discrimination
- Ethnic discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
The above is not an exhaustive list of the groups protected by both federal and California law. You may belong to a different group. Even so, even the differences result in similar outcomes. The harassment you endure because of your age, gender or race is just as destructive as it is to someone suffering harassment due to a disability or ethnic background. It can be a challenge to prove without the appropriate evidence. You will need to document as much as you can before moving forward with a claim.
Your workplace becomes hostile, and the last thing you want to do is go to work. You may experience both psychological and physical repercussions because of the treatment you endure. The urge to simply quit may be overwhelming, but it may not be your best option, at least not right away. Instead, it would probably be worth your while to discuss the details of your situation with an employment law attorney who helps individuals like you who find themselves dealing with discrimination.