When celebrities, athletes and people in high-profile positions assert their rights, the media often jumps to attention to find every angle to explore. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as putting topics on the public agenda can bring awareness and open discussion concerning important issues. In recent weeks, two stories of oppression and harassment have been making waves in traditional and social media outlets throughout the country (and beyond.)
Missouri residents may be interested in an unusual wrongful termination case proceeding in another state. On April 22, nine former employees of a Christian school in Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging that they were illegally fired because of their religious beliefs. The group includes managers, teachers and other staff members. The wrongful termination suit seeks reinstatement in the staff members' respective positions, plus back pay for the time they were not working.The school is a charter school founded by a church known as Petra International Ministries. The complaint alleges that the employees who were terminated are all members of the church; the founding member was reportedly removed by the board in June 2012. The plaintiffs were all fired a short time later.
The Kansas City Chiefs organization is facing an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former maintenance manager for the organization. The man, who worked for the Chiefs for 12 years, claims wrongful termination in connection with his dismissal from employment two years ago. He alleges that although he received good performance evaluations and no complaints about his work performance, he was fired and replaced by a younger worker.The former employee's attorney is seeking to establish at trial that the Chiefs' former general manager, Scott Pioli, micro-managed every aspect of the Arrowhead Stadium complex, including which people were present when the team practiced. The trial is expected to take two weeks to complete. After it concludes, the Chiefs organization will face other age discrimination claims that are pending.
Rehabilitation; it's a word that is used in relation to people who have been charged with a crime. We talk a lot about second chances and giving those who need it a helping hand. Although this is the social discussion, when it comes to a career, it is nearly impossible to find employment. Why, because there is a little box on almost every application that asks if the applicant has ever been charged with a crime other than a traffic violation.
Many employees in Kansas and Missouri have or are currently enduring a form of employee discrimination. Since employment discrimination can occur in a multitude of scenarios and is covered by several categories of discrimination, many employees are not familiar with their employment rights. A common avenue for employees to challenge a potential employment decimation scenario is through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
When employee discrimination issues become news, the discussion typically focuses on the discriminatory actions that happened to an individual employee. While many employee discrimination cases in Missouri and Kansas relate to discriminatory actions in relation to an individual employee, the ramifications of employee discrimination are large issues that can affect many employees and also represent social issues and changing attitudes.
Working environments in Kansas vary in terms of settings and job duties. Another aspect that is present in many Kansas and Missouri working environments is the diversity of workers. Employee diversity is an important part of business life for many employers and also an important aspect for fellow employees to recognize.
Nearly everyone gets sick at some point during their employment. For most of us, the time we get sick can easily conflict with our work schedule. When an employee is sick, the employee can typically call in sick to their employer and be excused from their work obligation for the day or period of time. The use of sick leave in Kansas and Missouri generally seeks to prevent employee discrimination by protecting the employee from unlawful intrusion into the employee's medical record by the employer.
One of the categories of legally recognized employment discrimination is disability discrimination. Disability discrimination occurs when an employer treats employees with recognized disabilities in a disparaging way as compared to other employees. This type of discrimination has been alleged in a recent lawsuit that was filed against a Kansas-based employer.
Large companies often have multiple locations throughout the United States. Some of the locations are directly owned by the company and others are franchise locations. Either way, the actions of a company in one location can directly impact the locations in other states. This happened to a large company who was sued for employee harassment in another state, but the impact of the lawsuit can effect employment in Kansas.