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Over one-third of workers with disabilities report discrimination

The number of disabling conditions, as defined by federal regulations, present among workers in Indiana is largely invisible. A study from the Center for Talent Innovation that surveyed college-educated workers in white collar positions found that roughly 30 percent of them had a disability of some kind, such as migraine headaches, autism or chronic disease. Among those disabled people, 62 percent of them had invisible problems that prevented others from recognizing their disabilities.

The negative financial and professional consequences of bias

Black and Latino workers in Indiana and elsewhere may find it harder to find a job compare to their white counterparts. According to researchers at Northwester, Harvard and the Institute of Social Research in Oslo, blacks and Latinos face roughly the same levels of bias in hiring that they did 25 years ago. The researchers analyzed various studies that have been conducted since 1989.

How to handle DACA uncertainty

Business owners in Indiana and elsewhere could be fined or jailed for employing DACA "Dreamers" after their work permits expire. However, business owners may face penalties if they terminate workers because of their DACA statuses. It could also be discriminatory to check paperwork related to a person's work status or ask questions about that subject.

DOJ claims law doesn't protect LBGT workers

According to the Department of Justice, civil rights legislation does not protect workers in Indiana or anywhere in America on the basis of their sexual orientation. This is counter to a position that the EEOC has held since 2012. The EEOC believes that it is impossible to distinguish between discrimination based on sex and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Women not alone in facing wage discrimination

Indiana employees may want to take heed of research published by the Center for American Progress. The common perception that wage discrimination is mostly an issue dealt with by women is undercut by the review of data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The numbers show a variety of filing categories beyond gender. Even when limited to gender, men are represented in significant numbers among the filers.

Avoiding subtle age discrimination

Older adults in Indiana who are job hunting may encounter subtle age discrimination. While the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers with 20 or more workers from discriminating against workers at or over the age of 40, companies may prefer to hire younger workers for a number of reasons including lower salary requirements. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, more than 60 percent of workers 50 and older have experienced age discrimination on the job.

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.

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