Frequently Asked Questions About Orange County Employment Law

Figuring out your rights at work should not be as complicated as it is. To help you better understand your rights, Harris Grombchevsky is diving into common employment law terms in California. After all, you can’t protect your rights if you don’t know them.

What is a Hostile Work Environment?

When some type of harassment is so pervasive that it turns the workplace into an intimidating place to be, that workplace is considered a “hostile work environment.”

Rampant sexual harassment is one of the most common examples. Harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, and sexual orientation can have the same effect. 

A hostile work environment is grounds for a claim.

What is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

“Quid pro quo” means “something for something” in Latin. This phrase is used in all types of legal settings. In employment law, quid pro quo sexual harassment is when the harasser tries to “trade” a sexual favorfor a favor at work. This may include a salary raise, special treatment, promotion, or other workplace benefit.

What is Same-Sex Harassment?

Same-sex harassment is when someone harasses a member of the same sex. 

This type of harassment does not have to be sexual; it only has to be based on the person’s sex. For example, if a female harasses another female about their age, that’s same-sex harassment.

What is At-Will Employment?

At-will employment law gives employers the right to fire their employees for any reason, as long as that reason isn’t based on discrimination. They may even fire an employee for no reason. Employees may also leave a job at any time and for any reason. In California, most employment is at-will employment.

What is a Whistleblower?

A whistleblower is someone who reports—or “blows the whistle on”—known or suspected unlawful conduct in the workplace. (Fraud, discrimination, and sexual harassment are a few examples.) Such employees are protected under state and federal law.

If an employer punishes an employee for reporting misconduct, that employee may file a whistleblower retaliation claim.

What is FEHA California?

Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is illegal to discriminate against and harass employees based on race, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender, and military or veteran status. (See the full list of protected characteristics here.)

It is also illegal to retaliate against employees who were only protecting their legal rights, such as for reporting workplace sexual harassment.

Under this act, employers are also required to prevent and report any harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other FEHA violations. 

Protecting Workers’ Rights in Orange County, CA

At Harris Grombchevsky, our qualified attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of employees in Irvine and throughout Orange County. If you believe your employer violated your rights, we are here to help. 

Our attorneys have successfully helped hundreds of employees—and we’ve done it without charging any upfront fees. If we lose your case, you won’t have to pay a dime!

Call (888) 427-8064 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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