Like many other states, California is an at-will employment state. At-will employment means that employers are able to fire employees for any reason at any time. There are limitations to this employer right, however.
The discrimination of women in the workplace is nothing new, but there are many times when it becomes more obvious than others. During some of those times, women have brought lawsuits against their employers in an effort to try to asset what is fair and just.
Employers in California and around the country may be wise to seek legal counsel before taking disciplinary action against workers who post disparaging comments about them or their products or services on workplace bulletin boards or on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter. Courts and the National Labor Relations Board have generally viewed such statements as protected speech when they are made during an ongoing labor dispute and contain at least an element of truth.