Nearly all transgender workers in Indiana and across the United States have suffered on-the-job harassment or discrimination, according to a new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. As a result, the organization is calling on Congress to pass legislation that explicitly protects LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace.
Indiana residents may be surprised to learn that more than one-third of Native Americans report that they have experienced race-based slurs, harassment, violence and discrimination in the workplace, according to a new survey. The survey was administered on behalf of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Public Radio and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When an employee makes a sexual harassment complaint, management has a duty to investigate that complaint reasonably and to refrain from retaliating against the person who brought it. Uber, the ride-hailing giant, was facing a public accusation by a former employee that she experienced sexual harassment and that management failed to respond appropriately.