Employees in California may benefit from reviewing the laws enforced by the state's Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The laws are designed to protect workers from illegal harassment and discrimination based on several factors such as race, a disability, marital status, ancestry, age, religion, sex and sexual orientation, among others. California law places a number of requirements on employers to help minimize the likelihood of these adverse events from occurring at the workplace.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits the harassment of employees and prohibits employers from limiting the use of any language at workplace, unless essential for sustaining business. Still, employers are required to inform employees of any language restriction and the penalties for any infractions. The laws also require employers to take reasonable measures to prevent harassment or discrimination from occurring at the workplace. State law requires employers to inform workers on the nature of sexual harassment, its illegality and any legal remedies available.