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Workplace Discrimination Archives

House to debate bill regarding LGBT rights in the workplace

On July 12, 2016, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to meet to discuss a potentially upcoming bill that would allow businesses, non-profits, governments and other entities to deny services to an LGBT person if it conflicts with their religious belief. This proposed law is the latest in a series of bills, some passed some rejected, that curtail the rights of LGBT individuals. It appears that the bill will likely pass committee but it is unclear if it will pass a general vote by the entire House.

Your rights under a multi-national employer

As corporations become increasingly multinational, it is understandable that their managers may misunderstand which law they are bound by. In the United States and its territories, U.S. employment law controls. All covered workers regardless of their citizenship or work authorization status are protected by U.S. equal employment opportunity (or "EEO") laws. This post will go over some common examples and exceptions to this general rule and how they may apply to you.

Pressures at home connected to increase in litigation

In 2014, a $187 million in punitive damages were awarded by a federal jury to a female employee that her employer discriminated against her, demoted her after she became pregnant and later fired her. Punitive damages are awarded to punish companies for bad acts, in this case discrimination. There are numerous laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. The Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Affordable Care Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act all prohibit discrimination in one form or another for numerous groups.

Dept. of Labor busts another company for discrimination

Federal contractors are held to higher standards than most private sector companies. They must pay higher wages, provide more worker protections and are under greater civil rights protections. This is the lesson that Gordon Food Service Inc. is learning as it is required to pay $1.85 million to 926 female job applicants for discriminatory hiring practices.

The three types of religious discrimination

The Constitution and the Amendments lay out the various rights that people have as citizens of the United States. One of those rights is the freedom to exercise their own religion. This means that neither the states nor the federal government can establish a state religion or stop you from practicing your own religion. These protections were extended to include private companies by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

An overview of the Americans with Disability Act

The Americans with Disability Act was a landmark law that granted protections for disabled Americans to access work, stores and many other activities that other people take for granted. Specifically, the ADA mandates that employers give equal opportunity for disabled Americans in hiring, promotions, retentions and all other aspects related to employment. It does not, however, force employers to hire unqualified people for a job. This article will address some of those myths and how they may apply to you.

Employers sued for discriminating based on sexual orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or "EEOC") filed two lawsuits in the beginning of March. These two lawsuits allege employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Specifically, that these two employers allowed a pattern of hostile actions and harassment to take place and then retaliated against those employees when they lodged complaints.

Your employer cannot discriminate based on national origin

Discrimination based on sex, skin color and religion are easy to spot and highly ingrained in the American psyche. But a less well-known factor in discrimination is national origin. National origin is not discrimination based upon immigrant status, it is discrimination based upon someone's heritage. National origin discrimination can happen to resident aliens, naturalized citizens and native-born citizens. This article will go over national origin discrimination and how you may report a claim if you are discriminated against.

Federal act protects you from age discrimination

Most people are familiar with the classic examples of prohibited discrimination like race and religion. What you may not know is that your employer is also prohibited from discriminating on the basis of age. Sometimes, employers would prefer to push out older employees in favor of younger and cheaper workers. The federal government prohibits such actions in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

You are entitled to a fair hiring process

The prohibition against workplace discrimination is slightly misleading because these protections begin before you start and extend after you leave work. Anti-discrimination laws prohibit the prejudicing of any employee or job applicant because of their race, color, religion or culture in regard to any condition or privilege of employment.