Generally, we're used to seeing racial discrimination cases based on prejudice against workers who are Latinos, African Americans and other racial minorities. Sometimes, however, a Caucasian can complain of discrimination at the hands of a Latino or other racial group that constitutes a majority under the particular circumstances. That's the situation in a race discrimination case just filed against a Major League soccer team, Chivas USA, in a California court.
Last summer, a lawsuit was filed against retailer Wet Seal, accusing the company of violating the rights of about 1,600 employees. The lawsuit claimed that Wet Seal executives were biased and encouraged stores to hire more managers and employees who fit the company's brand image of a white, thin, blond-haired and blue-eyed woman.
A California woman recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer citing racial discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. The woman claims that she was fired from her job because she is white and because she had filed a complaint about being harassed by other workers.
It is difficult for anyone to find a job these days due to the competitive job market in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California. But when employers discriminate against employees and job applicants, it may be especially difficult for some folks to gain employment or advance in the workplace, even when they are qualified for a job or a promotion.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. paid $40 million several years ago to settle with Asian, Hispanic and African-American workers who accused the retailer of race discrimination. The settlement should have sent a strong message to all retail companies and other companies in California and throughout the entire U.S. that race bias will not be tolerated in the workplace.
Those who have been in the workforce for quite some time have probably encountered a co-worker here and there that they just couldn't get along with very well. San Diego residents come from a variety of backgrounds and personalities, and sometimes these personalities clash.
Significant improvements have been made in the workplace over the last several decades in California and throughout the entire U.S. Not only are more women holding jobs they were once never considered to be hired for, but the workplace has also become a more diverse environment.
Investigating workers' claims of harassment or discrimination in the workplace is certainly important for making sure that employees are disciplined for any type of inappropriate behavior. But when California employers appropriately address and handle formal complaints in the workplace regarding sexual harassment, race discrimination or other concerning issues, these employers are also assuring employees that their rights will be protected in the workplace.
Discrimination in the workplace and wrongful termination appear to be widespread problems in California and throughout the entire country. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), complaints from workers were up during 2011 for a second year in row with the majority of the charges against employers alleging racial discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.
Many companies in San Diego and throughout the entire state of California claim to offer a diverse work environment that is free of discrimination. Although this may be true in many workplaces, discrimination still exists. Fortunately, those affected by discrimination in the workplace may be able to take legal action in order to make sure that their employers are held accountable for violating the rights of employees.