Pregnancy discrimination leave
In California under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL) employers that have more than 5 employees must allow an employee up to 4 months off work for time that that employee is actually “disabled” by pregnancy.
Every employee is protected from sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace which is defined as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Age discrimination discrimination/harassment
Employees over the age of 40 are entitled to be free from discrimination, harassment, and from being retaliated or terminated due to their age under both Federal and California law.
FAILURE TO ACCOMODATE RELIGIOUS PRACTICE
Under both Federal and California laws, individuals are entitled to be able to have their religious beliefs including religious dress and grooming practices (maintaining a beard, wearing hijab or yarmulke) reasonably accommodated in the workplace.
If your California employer falsely “bad-mouthed” you or made false statements about you which you believe have damaged your reputation, you may have a claim for defamation.
Whistleblowers are those employees who report an employer’s violations of a law (or reasonable suspicions of the violations of a law) to their employer, to law enforcement, or to government agencies, and subsequently suffer a punitive action taken by their employer such as termination or demotion.