According to the Justice Department, LGBT employees in California and elsewhere are not covered by federal civil rights legislation. The department issued its opinion after a New York skydiving instructor filed a lawsuit claiming that he was terminated for being gay. He filed the claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, asserting that it banned discrimination on the basis of sex. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agreed with his interpretation of the law.
When California employees think about sexual harassment in the workplace, they probably think about inappropriate conduct involving a man and a woman. Even though it's not as prevalent as the male-on-female variety, female-on-female sexual harassment can and does occur.
It can be difficult for some California residents to obtain a job that pays enough to live on. However, it may be even more difficult for those who have a disability, even though employers are required to provide reasonable accommodation for disabled workers under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Many California workers know that the Family and Medical Leave Act is designed to protect them in the event they must take time off work for family or medical reasons. However, a court case showed that a worker can still be terminated from his or her job while on FMLA leave if the reasons for termination are unrelated.
California residents may be interested in a legal case involving an employee and her company, Miller Compressing Company. The circumstances of the case began in 2011 and were affirmed by Seventh Circuit in 2017 in favor of the employee.