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FALSELY FIRED FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
This is what you should do…
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to allow anyone to be sexually harassed at work, regardless of one’s gender, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. By placing the responsibility on employers, it holds the company accountable for creating a work environment that is free from harassment. Therefore, sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal when employers knowingly ignore its presence and/or do not take the appropriate steps to ensure that the harassment stops.
Were you fired because of your…
If you answered “YES” to any of the above you were probably fired unfairly, and may very well be owed money. Act now.
In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California has state laws protecting both pregnancy and parenting leave. In early 2018, California enacted the New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) that widened the scope of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). The new law expands on the federal guidelines to provide unpaid leave benefits to eligible employees that work for smaller companies (twenty or more employees).
A survey published by Drug and Alcohol Review found that 5% of California adults over the age of 21 had used medical cannabis at least once for a “severe” condition. 5% of California employees is approximately one million people.
There are both federal and California state laws protecting employees from experiencing workplace harassment and/or discrimination. On the federal level, employee protection against discrimination and harassment in the workplace falls under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This stipulates that it’s illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on specified characteristics, such as race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. On the state level, employees are protected against workplace discrimination and harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE BEEN FIRED ILLEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA
There are many actions that California employers can carry out to intentionally or unintentionally fire employees illegally. In doing so, they mistreat employees and may expose themselves to a wrongful termination lawsuit.
It’s a reality. Corporate America is stealing from the employees that help them generate billions in revenue every year. It’s called “wage theft” and it’s when employers fail to pay employees all their legally entitled wages. This financial reality impacts all employees, across all workplaces, in all states across the country. However, as one might expect, wage theft impacts young workers, women, people of color, and immigrant workers most dramatically.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has substantially affected American livelihoods because of mandatory stay-at-home orders. Unless your job was considered essential, you probably were unable to go to work.
IF YOU GOT FIRED LIKE THESE PEOPLE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Most California employees either wait too long to contact an attorney or, they never contact one at all. The consequences of inaction can be expensive. Check out these three recent examples. If you were fired like these people, what would you do?
HOW MUCH DOES MY BOSS OWE ME IF I AM DISCRIMINATED AGAINST?
That is the million-dollar question. In fact, if you get fired for any reason—or quit for any reason—you may be owed money. How much? It depends on a number of factors and can be best determined by understanding your workplace rights.