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California rules that the ADA protects obese people

You're probably aware that the United States created a series of civil rights laws to protect individuals from discrimination based on certain characteristics, such as age, religion or ethnicity. Included on this list of protected traits is disability--and the law describing this protection is laid out in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a federal law that went into effect in 1990 to help ensure that individuals with disabilities receive the same rights and opportunities as other people in the workplace, school and all areas related to their public lives.

Wrongful Termination: What is a protected activity?

Often times when an employee has been terminated, he or she feels as though the termination is wrongful. They may have been treated unfairly or given a reason for their termination that they know to be untrue. Whether or not a termination is wrongful from a legal standpoint, however, involves a different type of analysis.

A Brief Overview of Employment Law in California

Numerous federal and state statutes protect equal opportunity in the workplace. The analysis applicable under most of these laws derives from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) generally follows this federal law, but features some slight variations that are often advantageous to plaintiffs.

State Court vs. Federal Court in Employment Litigation

There are many choices that a plaintiff must make when he or she decides to bring a lawsuit. A number of variables may affect the manner in which a case proceeds, and the judgment in which it ultimately results. One of the most important decisions that must be made at the earliest stages of litigation is that regarding the forum in which the lawsuit will take place. When an individual files a complaint, he or she may have the option to do so in either state court or federal court in certain circumstances. Each forum has unique advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to be informed about both before initiating legal proceedings.

Associational Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

Workplace discrimination can occur in numerous forms. Federal and state laws not only prohibit an employer from taking adverse action against an employee due to that employee's protected characteristics (such as race, religion, national origin, or disability status), they also forbid employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of the protected characteristics of those with whom they closely associate.

Advantages of Suing for Harassment Under FEHA

California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) offers plaintiffs many advantages over its federal counterpart, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These advantages are particularly significant in the area of harassment.

A Disabled Employee's Right to Reasonable Accommodations in California

It is illegal under both California and federal law for an employer to terminate or take other adverse employment action against an employee because that employee is disabled. In order to prevail on a wrongful termination claim for disability discrimination, however, a disabled employee who has been fired needs to prove not only that he has a disability, but also that he can still perform the essential functions of his job with or without reasonable accommodation.

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