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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Workplace discrimination charges made against company

Many behaviors in the workplace could be considered to be against the law in Missouri and elsewhere around the country. Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfairly because of their age, race, gender, nationality, religion or disability. When such discrimination is suspected, employees sometimes come together to protest a company's behavior in a lawsuit. Kay Jewelers has recently come under fire for suspected wage and promotion discrimination, as well as alleged sexual improprieties.

Roundup of EEOC discrimination settlements

If you are routinely discriminated against at your job, it may seem hopeless. There is great power disparity between you and your employer. Sure, you could file a discrimination lawsuit, and you are nominally protected but the reality is that your employer is likely going to punish you for filing the suit and you will be forced to look for another. Additionally, with the job market still tight, you don't want to develop a "litigious" reputation. With so many chips stacked against you, it may look like you will just have to swallow that discriminatory behavior.

Disability discrimination basics

The Federal government prohibits employers from discriminating their employees on the basis of race, religion, sex or disability. Disability discrimination is the unfair treatment towards a person because of their disability. The law does not force employers to hire disabled employees. It only makes sure that someone who is capable of performing the same duty as any other person is not rejected because of the disability.

Missouri settlement revealed in DOC-discrimination case

The Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) has issued its latest settlement to settle allegations of harassment, lewd comments, vulgarity, and debasing behavior. This latest settlement, for $165,625, is the latest in a string of cases against the DOC. Last year, two juries awarded $4 million for harassment and discrimination; more cases are working their way through the courts. It does not appear Missouri or the DOC are in any mood to enact reforms to curb this behavior.

Do you have to notify your employer if you are pregnant?

Pregnancy is an exciting time for a new mother and expecting family. You are on the verge of entering a brave new world as you welcome a new life. Unfortunately, many parents are also plagued by fear about what it means for their career. You probably know that you are entitled to job protection if you are pregnant. But, to what extent, do those protections apply? This post will go over pregnancy and how it may affect your job.

Fashion and free speech: the employer dress code

At first, it may sound like a ridiculous problem, suing your employer for not allowing you keep your dreadlocks. But the matter was sufficiently serious that it went all the way up to the 11th Federal Circuit of Appeals. Back in the day, workplaces could impose any dress code they wanted on their employees. The general understanding was that fashion (i.e. hair, clothing, etc.) was not a protected right and therefore an employer is free to permit or restrict it. That is how Pan Am could do the famous "pinch" and "thigh" test for its flight attendants.

Former Versace employee files suit

A former Versace salesperson is filing a lawsuit against his former employer. The plaintiff alleges a culture of discrimination against him and African American customers. He charges the company with creating these conditions and encouraging them. This post will go over his claims and how they may relate to you.

4 things pregnant women should know about discrimination

Now that you have learned the joyous news that you are pregnant, you might start to wonder how that will affect your employment. All pregnant women, as well as those who are breastfeeding, have specific rights when it comes to working.