Television and media giant Oprah Winfrey's television network, OWN, is being sued by a former employee in a Los Angeles court. In the suit, the former employee claims that the network violated employment laws by discriminating against her.
Despite what some employers may think, all employers in California have some responsibilities to keep their employees safe. Under California and federal employment laws, employers must not only keep their employees safe from physical harm but they have the responsibility to protect employees from harassment in the workplace. In other words, employers cannot just sit idly by as employees suffer from harassment.
Some of California's business sectors -- such as the technology industry centered in Silicon Valley -- have been male dominated since their inception. Though some women do find success in this field, there are still a number of barriers to success and fair treatment. This fact has the potential to cause numerous problems for female employees.
The state of California and the federal government have passed many laws to help keep employees safe while at work. One way these laws help to protect employees in California is by outlawing workplace discrimination. Under these employment laws, employers cannot discriminate against employees based on a variety of different factors. These include race, religion, national origin, marital status and sex.
A Los Angeles, California, firefighter has received a nearly $500,000 settlement from his employer, the Los Angeles Fire Department, after he faced harassment that violated employment law under the Civil Rights Act. This firefighter repeatedly faced sexual discrimination and also religious discrimination from his co-workers.