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Workplace Discrimination Archives

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act 50 years later

As the Age Discrimination in Employment Act reaches its 50th anniversary, employment-related age discrimination claims in Indiana and around the country show no sign of abating. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claims regarding age discrimination peaked in 2008 at over 24,000. In the past decade, at least 20,000 have been filed annually, and in 2016, there were 20,857 filings.

Appeals court protects LGBT workers from discrimination

In a major step forward for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, an appeals court ruled recently that the protections of the Civil Rights Act do in fact apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision that offers precise direction to many employers about whether or not they can treat LGBT employees differently — an issue that has come back into the spotlight lately.

Civil Rights Act may not offer equal protection in all cases

Workplace discrimination can take many shapes and sizes, but one would hope that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity would be a thing of the past by now. Unfortunately for workers' rights advocates, a three-judge panel ruled recently on a case before the 11th Circuit appeals court, stating that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its protections do not extend to discrimination against employees due to sexual orientation.

Bill seeks to make lawsuits against companies more difficult

The new year and new administration has brought with it a host of changes in the legal landscape of doing business and operating as a consumer. Among the new bills being debated in the current legislative season is a bill recently approved by the U.S. House that seeks to restrict the freedoms of individuals or groups to sue a company. Unfortunately, this may be a significant setback for those with legitimate workplace discrimination claims.

Uber's culture encourages toxic work environment

The New York Times conducted interviews with other 30 current and former Uber employees after a tell-all blog by a former Uber engineer ignited the Internet. The Times investigation uncovered a pervasive environment that encourages workers to harass and backstab one another. Managers routinely harassed their employees and discriminated against them based on orientation, sex, and more.

How Can I Benefit From Eradication Of Workplace Discrimination?

So you have just been hired at a prominent firm of your dreams. In your mind, such an appointment not only highlights your competency but also gives you a rare opportunity to meet influential individuals with a knack for success. Within the first few weeks, it is common to exude a zealous attitude in an attempt to impress your bosses and act as a role model to your fellow employees.

Responding to Workplace Discrimination

You can't control where and when you face discrimination, but you can control how you respond to it. If you encounter unlawful discrimination at the workplace, there are certain steps you should take towards resolving the problem without jeopardizing your job. If you are being discriminated against by one of your co-workers, bring the matter to the attention of your employer. Staying silent and hoping the discrimination stops will only embolden your harasser. It is the employer's job to make sure unlawful discrimination is not allowed at the workplace, but that is only possible if you make your problem known. Tell your employer that the discrimination is taking a serious toll on your mind. If necessary, prepare a written report of the incident to submit to the company department that deals with such matters.

National origin discrimination in the workplace

National origin discrimination involves treating employees or applicants in an unfavorable manner because of their association with a certain nationality, ethnicity, race or background. National origin discrimination arises when you are treated unfairly by an employer based on the reasons mentioned above. Employers sometimes make hiring, promotion and compensation decisions based on national origin which makes the decisions biased. Unfortunately, this biased approach is prevalent in many organizations, but it has been declared illegal under federal law and many state laws.

Age discrimination laws meant to protect employee rights

The United States law prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees because of age. The Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act was passed by the government to make sure employers are kept under check and respect their employees. Under this law, employees of all ages should have the same opportunities to receive training and succeed at the organization.

Dealing with pregnancy discrimination

The United States law protects pregnant women from discrimination at the workplace. Recently, mothers have had problems going back to work after giving birth. The law prohibits employers from making any decisions regarding an employee based on whether they are pregnant. Women who understand their rights during and after pregnancy are less likely to have their rights violated by employers.

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