Under California law, harassment in the workplace is considered a type of discrimination. When an employer engages in harassment that is based on sex, race, color, religion, age or disability, they may be found to be in violation of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As Californians live through these unstable economic times, it is cold comfort to realize that most of us are sharing similar anxieties. Very few people are immune to the threat of sudden unemployment. But, perhaps the most vulnerable among us are those who have been part of the workforce the longest.
San Diego's most experienced workers should be among its most valued workers. Older workers often possess the ability to spot problems needing correction. Organizations should welcome the opinions offered by those demonstrating dedication and commitment to doing a job well. Unfortunately, sometimes constructive criticism is not well received by upper management. In fact, a worker who points out a problem may become the target of workplace discrimination.