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How to address discrimination at work

If you are experiencing a form of discrimination at work, you most likely want to do whatever you can to make it stop. However, it can be difficult to know exactly how to proceed because confronting your employer about discrimination is a delicate situation.

It is important for you to exercise your rights as an employee so that the discrimination does not continue. You may even have grounds to sue your employer based on your experiences. The following information can help you devise a strategy for how to address the discrimination you are experiencing in your workplace.

3 common reasons employees sue employers

If you are dealing with problems at your workplace, you may be wondering what type of action you can take. You should not have to put up with any type of mistreatment at your job. It may be possible to sue your employer for treating you unfairly.

However, what type of situations justify a lawsuit? Here are some reasons employees bring claims against their employers.

How to discuss unpaid overtime with your boss

Many employees have no problem working overtime because they know they will make significantly more than their standard hourly wage out of it. California law states employers must pay workers time and a half for anything over eight hours in a given day. That is why it becomes frustrating when the paycheck comes, and that extra money is not there.

There are several resources available to workers trying to recover unpaid overtime. However, before pursuing any legal action, it is usually in a worker's best interest to talk with the boss first. Occasionally, these disputes are innocent oversights your employer would be happy to correct quickly. Here are the steps for broaching the subject with an employer.

Know your rights regarding pregnancy discrimination

In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prevented discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other factors. However, the initial law did not cover discrimination based on pregnancy. That changed in 1978 with the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

This law amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It offered protections for women in the workplace who would ordinarily worry whether taking time off to deal with the pregnancy would result in repercussions. The PDA only covers companies with at least 15 employees, but employees receive many protections under it. 

Do you work in a hostile work environment?

As a California woman, you probably feel at times that the place where you work is a hostile work environment. Maybe the jokes your male co-workers tell get more than a little raunchy. Maybe one or more of the men have made inappropriate comments or even gestures to you. Whatever work situation you face, you need to know whether or not it actually rises to the level of a hostile work environment.

You probably already know that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act bans harassment in the workplace based on gender, race, religion and national origin. However, not all inappropriate and/or distasteful workplace behavior constitutes a hostile work environment

4 examples of wrongful termination

Wrongful termination can take many different forms. Take a current case happening in Napa Valley, California, where an employee insists the company fired him wrongfully while the defense claims he resigned after contract negotiations fell through. 

It can be tough to identify wrongful termination. However, as long as you believe there is a chance your employer fired you for an illegal reason, then it is worth looking into the matter further. 

3 reasons to stay off social media during a divorce

Social media has changed the cultural landscape wildly. This impact also makes its way into divorce cases. Forbes magazine lays out some of the ways social media can impact a marriage and even be the instigating factor in an impending divorce. 

divorce can take months to complete, and during that time, it may work in your best interest to stay off social media. You may have become accustomed to posting everything on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but during a divorce, the less information you put into the public sphere, the better off you will be. 

Discrimination based on vacation leave

The laws regarding vacation time can vary from one state to the next. Even if your workplace should provide you with a set number of vacation days, many people are hesitant to take them for fear of losing the job. It is perhaps for this reason many employees only take a fraction of their vacation time off. 

An employer cannot fire you directly because you chose to use your vacation time. As long as you informed the right personnel that you would leave for a while and informed your boss, then you should not face any repercussions for going on vacation. However, there are circumstances where an employer could fire a person on vacation that would be within the bounds of the law

Is your casino employer treating you fairly?

If you work in a casino, you know the hours can be long and the pay is not always the best. That's why you likely often try to work overtime as well. There are many ways casino employers may not treat their employees fairly or provide them with all their benefits and rights under the law.

Have a look at this list of possible violations if you suspect your employer is treating you unfairly in terms of labor laws. Unfortunately, this can be a common area for lawsuits, and securing the assistance of a qualified employment law attorney may be a first step to determining whether you have a case.

Sexual harassment is common at office holiday parties

As the New Year approaches, your workplace may throw a holiday party. These joyous celebrations can be a great way to let loose with your co-workers and have some fun. However, a Christmas or New Year party at your workplace can lead to sexual misconduct

According to a report by The Guardian, office parties during the holiday season are often full of sexual harassment. This is especially true when alcohol is involved. So what should you do if you are a victim of sexual harassment at an office holiday party? Here is a guide to identifying and responding to sexual harassment in these environments. 

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