A lot of reports of discrimination and bullying in the workplace are made by average employees who do not have a lot of power. Even employees with a lot of company or management power can be forced to feel powerless through the actions of others.
Everyone has personal biases and these biases can shape how we view or interpret others. Since everyone has personal biases, can people be held liable for their biases? When personal biases are present in a working environment and affect one's employment, someone's personal biases could create an unlivable work environment. A college professor recently conducted a study on the subject of obesity and its impact in a workplace. The results could impact employment in Kansas and Missouri.
The women's rights movement has made incredible strides over the past few decades, but it does not meant that the struggle is over. For many women, it is an individual struggle in a hostile work environment where they suffer sexual harassment and discrimination on a daily basis. In some employment situations, a woman has to prove herself with higher standards than her male counterparts.
A large produce company -- a Midwest egg farm -- has given up control of the farm due to health issues and accusations of scandal. First there was a salmonella outbreak and then employees allegedly suffered sexual harassment at the hands of management. Employee sexual harassment can occur in many types of situations. Employers are governed under state and federal laws regarding sexual harassment and each provide the employee with particular protections.
How far an employer can go in setting workplace rules is the central issue of a current Deerfield Beach, Florida lawsuit. This case has implications for employers in that city, Kansas City, Pittsburg, and cities across the nation because it relates to employee rights standards strongly protected by the National Labor Relations Act. Under the NLRA, employees are protected against hostile workplace environments and firing actions if those conditions occur due to employees protesting against employer rules, unreasonable restrictions or punitive actions. In this case, firings were levied only on employees who were wearing prison orange colored shirts to protest tightened restrictions like a ban against speaking with fellow workers over a cubicle wall.