Job Discrimination and Harassment

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Locate the office by looking at the list of offices or using the alphabetical listing of cities, locations, and communities. Staff are available in person and by telephone.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The general rule in California is that employees are considered to employed "at will," meaning that they may be fired at any time by their employers, for any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are important exceptions to the "at will" rule.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Your right to a workplace without unwelcome sexual conduct.

A union owes a duty of fair representation to all of the workers it represents. This duty requires that the union act fairly, impartially, and without ill will or discrimination when pursuing a worker"s grievance or when negotiating a new contract with the employer.

Employers must get permission before asking for a report.

Your employer can't ask for some types of records.

Equality in pay and compensation is protected under the law.

The article address employment policies regarding discrimination, harassments, inquiries, dress code and forced resignation.

Employers may not have the right to ask for your documents.

Is there missing or incorrect info about your federal record?

Sexual harassment of all types is not allowed by law.

The administrative process for handling an employment discrimination complaint. Based on a fact pattern fictionalized from an actual case of perceived disability discrimination, the seven-part series features: 1) initial contact; 2) intake interview; 3) investigation; 4) conciliation or mediation; 5) accusation; 6) hearing; and 7) conclusion or decision.

Your work rights with pregnancy, family, and children.

Is your background record wrong? Was there a delay or problem?

Names and pronouns, restroom accessibility, and dress codes.

FAQ on employment rights if you are or become pregnant.

Equal Employment laws against discrimination.

Signed on October 6, 215, the California Fair Pay Act, strengthens the California Equal Pay Act, which prohibited an employer from paying its employees less than employees of the opposite sex for equal work.

Your age can't be a factor in an employer's decisions.

This 3-part video series discusses: (1) your rights at work while pregnant, including taking time off for prenatal care, pregnancy accommodations and discrimination protections; (2) your rights to take time off with job-protection and income replacement to have a baby and bond with your new child; and (3) your rights at work as a new parent, such as returning to work after maternity or paternity leave, breastfeeding accommodations and time off to care for a sick child.

State law protections for your sexual orientation.

With a few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy all of the legal rights and remedies provided by both Federal and California law.

Requirements for your employer to see your credit report.

Women affected by pregnancy must be treated the same.

Race/color can't be part of a decision by your employer.

Religion can't be part of a decision by your employer.

How long does the mediation process take?

How are religious beliefs protected in the workplace? What qualifies as a religion or a religious belief or practice?

There are limits to what an employer can ask and do.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (the "Reservists Act") is the federal law that provides job and benefit protection for U.S. Military Reservists.

Everyone inside the U.S. has certain legal rights, regardless of your immigration status.

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Laws and regulations, practical information, recent case law.

Can my employer get my summary criminal history?

No one"s rights under federal or California law changed as a result of the election. Even if you are undocumented and have no papers, you still have the rights listed below.

Federal law prohibits: 1) citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 2) national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 3) unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification, Form I-9 and E-Verify, and 4) retaliation or intimidation. If you feel you have suffered one of these forms of discrimination, call US Department of Justice Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688.

What are your rights as a worker? What Is the Underground Economy? Report a bad employer.

If you are a federal employee or job applicant, the law protects you from discrimination because of your race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (4 or older), disability or genetic information.

Since 1986, the immigration law requires employers to only hire workers who have authorization by the U.S. government to work in this country. The law requires employers to check (verify) the identity and work eligibility of each employee. If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of immigration status or national origin, you may be able to file a charge against your employer. Your union or an advocate from an immigrant rights group may be able to help you with this charge. You can contact them at 1-800-255-7688 or, for TDD 1-800- 237-2515 (both numbers are free).

You have rights to form a union and collectively act.

Ways sex discrimination happens, and what you can do.

What you can do if you've been sexually harassed.

To legally hire any employee in the United States, an employer must be able to verify that the applicant is eligible to work in the United States. You must prove that you are eligible to work. Employers are required to complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to record verification that you showed the employer documents that prove you are authorized to work in the United States.