A woman who has worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for decades has recently filed a lawsuit against the DWP and four of her co-workers. She claims she has long been subjected to discrimination, harassment and retaliation because of her religion. Per federal and California fair employment laws, this individual is well within her rights to seek relief and compensation for any losses resulting from such behavior -- as is anyone else who has been dealing with similar issues.
According to reports, a 41-year-old female alleges that for years her colleagues frequently made derogatory remarks about her following of the Muslim religion. She says she was retaliated against when she reported contract problems. She also claims that she was denied the ability to move up in the department.
The plaintiff has stated that she repeatedly reported the abuse to her superiors, but her pleas for help went ignored. As a relatively new citizen of the United States, it was not until recently that she learned of her rights as an employee. This information prompted her decision to take action and file her claims in court and with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. It is unclear how much she is seeking in damages. The defendants listed have not issued any comments on the case.
No one should have to put up with discrimination, retaliation or harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, many people do for long periods of time because they do not know what they can do about it other than file complaints with their superiors. California and federal laws exist to protect employees from such behaviors. Anyone, in any field of employment, who have found themselves victims of discrimination, retaliation or harassment can turn to an experienced employment law attorney for assistance in seeking compensation for their losses.