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Employers should answer sexual harassment complaints seriously

One of the last things that you want to deal with when you make a complaint about sexual harassment is having to deal with an employer who isn't taking you seriously. There are several things that employers might do that let you know they aren't taking your complaint in the manner they should.

Understand your rights when your position is eliminated

Leaving a job when you don't really want to is difficult. This is exactly what usually happens when positions are phased out and workers are let go because of that. One of the biggest things that individuals who are in this position worry about is how they will make ends meet when their income stops.

Making ends meet when you take off work for family health crisis

You never know when a serious health crisis will arise in your family. Perhaps you are one of many California workers currently helping a family member in his or her fight against cancer. Maybe your spouse is suffering a debilitating illness related to Lyme disease or some other chronic illness. Caring for a loved one who is extremely ill can be quite stressful. In addition to the strain it may place on your personal physical and mental well-being, it can also cause major problems at work.

Know what type of severance package you are entitled to

When you find out that you are losing your job, you need to find out what type of severance package you will get. This is something that you should have negotiated at the time you were hired or promoted. It is imperative that you understand the terms of your contract so you can find out what provisions are there.

Terminations can't be retaliatory or discriminatory

Employers often think very carefully before they terminate an employee. Unfortunately, there are also employers who fire people just because they aren't happy with a complaint the employee made against the company or another worker. Even though California is an at-will employment state, employers can't fire employees for discriminatory or retaliatory purposes.

Things to do after you lose your job

Job loss can come as a shock to you, especially in the case of wrongful termination. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to decide where you are going to go from here. In the case of wrongful termination, you might opt to take legal action against the employer, but this is only one component of your plan.

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