The employee/employer relationship works best when it is based on a mutual feeling of respect with an understanding both have a shared interest in the success of the business endeavor. Of course there will be some areas of conflict, often regarding the issues of compensation, benefits, and working conditions that the employees think unfair, but these typically impact most or all employees and can be dealt with collectively as a group. However, when a California worker believes he or she is singled out as an individual and treated unfairly, there may be a legal remedy based on why the employer acted in the alleged manner.
Over 200 American corporations, including California-based Apple, Google and Walt Disney, have joined the court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination. The brief was submitted by a group of five LGBTQ rights groups on July 2 in preparation for oral arguments on three discrimination cases scheduled to go before the high court on Oct. 8.