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What Is a Hostile Work Environment in California?

Posted on August 5, 2019
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Workplace harassment and bullying can turn a workplace into a hostile environment where you do not feel welcome and constantly fear for your job or safety. Racial slurs, unwelcome sexual advances and other inappropriate behavior can create the conditions to be considered a hostile work environment under the right circumstances. To be considered a hostile work environment, the inappropriate behavior must be pervasive or severe based on a protected trait (such as … Read More

What Is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification and Can I Be Discriminated Against for It?

Posted on June 12, 2019
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A “Bona Fide Occupational Qualification” (BFOQ) refers to a quality or attribute that employers are legally allowed to take into account when making hiring and employment decisions. If considered in other formats, these qualities would be classified as discrimination and would be in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The BFOQ defense is narrowly construed to ensure that employers … Read More

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