That is the million-dollar question.
If you get fired for any reason or quit for any reason, you may be owed money!
That depends on a number of factors and can be best determined by understanding your workplace rights.
FIRST THINGS FIRST…
One of the least desirable situations an employee can find themselves in is needing the job and being harassed or discriminated against at work. What is one supposed to do? You need the job and the money. You need to support your family, but you are being mistreated.
FEDERAL LAWS PROTECT YOU, BUT MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS CALIFORNIA LAW
Federal law does prohibit discrimination by employers; however, California law extends protections to certain groups where federal law may not.
Let’s look at some of the federal laws. The federal laws include but are not limited to:
– The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – This monumental and historical development in class/group employment protection outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
– The Americans with Disabilities Act – The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.
– The Equal Pay Act of 1963 – The Equal Pay Act prohibits discrimination based on sex.
– The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 – You guessed it. The Age Discrimination Act protects against age-related discrimination.
– The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 – It states the following: “The Act bars the use of genetic information in health insurance and employment: it prohibits group health plans and health insurers from denying coverage to a healthy individual or charging that person higher premiums based solely on a genetic predisposition to developing a disease in the future, and it bars employers from using individuals’ genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decisions”.
CALIFORNIA LAW GOES EVEN FURTHER TO PROTECT YOU…
Thankfully, California gets even more specific in its protection of employees against workplace discrimination:
– California’s California Fair Employment and Housing Act of 1959 (FEHA) – This act is a powerful California statute used to fight sexual harassment and other forms of unlawful discrimination in employment and housing,
– The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) – Also known as the Family Temporary Disability Insurance (FTDI) program, is a law enacted in 2002 that extends unemployment disability compensation to cover individuals who take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new minor child.
While California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) protects the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, that does not mean that there is no workplace discrimination.
There is workplace discrimination. It happens each and every day, and you should know your rights. If you get fired for any reason or quit for any reason, you may be owed money!
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