The National Women's Law Center recently filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education that offers valuable insights for working mothers-to-be. Although arising in an educational context, the case has many aspects that are closely analogous to employment discrimination disputes. The complaint involves a woman who was attending a Missouri chiropractic school during a difficult pregnancy that terminated with a Caesarean section delivery. Associated medical complications apparently caused her to be unable to attend several class meetings and submit assignments on time.
Missouri is home to many hotels in Kansas City, Branson and other tourist destinations, so local hospitality corporations may want to take note of the $100,000 settlement paid out for a religious discrimination lawsuit brought on by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A Muslim woman hired to be a housekeeper at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque was reportedly told that she would not be allowed to work while wearing her religion's required head covering. The EEOC lawsuit claimed that she was fired when she refused to follow that directive.
A policy that says "Muslims are not to be promoted" is a pretty clear example of religious discrimination, but even the worst employer knows that would be too obvious. Most discrimination occurs in a less obvious way, or one under which an employer may try to claim that any negative consequences were unintentional and not likely to repeat. This, we know is also untrue.
Disney movies are something very familiar to Kansas City homes, whether an adult grew up watching them or a parent shares them with their child. These movies celebrate the diversity in the world. Young girls idolize princesses like Mulan, Jasmine and even the lioness Nala who are of different faiths and come from different cultures.
A Midwest dessert company recently changed their dress code. After the announcement was made, 10 women walked off of the job and another 20 men joined them. The reason they chose to leave was because they said that the new dress code constituted religious discrimination, and they refused to participate in it.
Workplace harassment can occur when an employee is made to feel humiliated or insulted due to the actions or words of a supervisor or employer. The harassment can occur through many forms, some of which are gestures, comments or emails. A nanny for actress Sharon Stone has claimed workplace harassment based on comments about her nationality.
Missouri is an employment at will state. The employment at will doctrine allows employers and employees to terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason that does not violate a related law. An example of a related law that effects the employment at will doctrine is a law that provides protection based on personal characteristics.
It is very important for employers to not commit wrongful religious discrimination against job applicants and employees. Such discrimination can be very harmful to an employee or job applicant. No employee should have to face such discrimination at their place of work and no job applicant should have to face such discrimination when applying for a position.