As an employer, you may make every effort to treat your employees well and ensure you comply with state and federal laws that protect their rights. However, these are complex areas of law, and not everyone sees the same situation from the same perspective.
Workplace civil rights laws prohibit employers from discriminating against workers who are age 40 or older. However, one of the cornerstones of digital marketing and ad creation is to create a targeted demography, and one of those metrics is age.
Everyone should have the same opportunities at work. The federal government and the state of Texas have no tolerance for workplace discrimination based on a variety of personal attributes such as race, gender or religion, among other things. One way that employers can help fight discrimination is with a good employee handbook.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ordered CSX Transportation (CSXT) to pay $3.2 million and provide other relief to settle company-wide sex discrimination case involving strength tests. A strength test called "IPCS Biodex" used by the West Virginia-based company was deemed unlawful because it had a discriminatory impact on women workers who applied for positions as material handlers/clerks, conductors and other jobs necessary for operating the railroad line. CSXT also was also cited for two other tests used for certain job applications - a now discontinued arm strength test and a three-minute step test to measure aerobic capacity - as unlawful.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determined that a flight instructor was wrongfully terminated after repeatedly raising safety concerns that were potential violations of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. It determined that the instructor was refused the chance to train students and harassed by the employer before being fired 2014.
The public conversation surrounding sexual harassment has alerted many employers to the problem of gender-based discrimination in the workplace. But there is another form of discrimination that has also seen several public, though less-famous, allegations: Racial discrimination.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for enforcing workplace civil rights, has released its statistics regarding discrimination claims filed in fiscal year 2017. According to the data, retaliation claims composed nearly half of all the claims received by the EEOC for that year. The second most common complaint was racial discrimination, closely followed by disability discrimination.
As the recent spate of sexual harassment scandals has shown, the workplace is not always a welcoming environment for women. Sexual harassment is currently the most widely discussed challenge for women in the workplace, but it is hardly the only one. According to a new survey, American women report facing many different forms of gender discrimination while on the job.
Working moms who return to their jobs following maternity leave face a litany of challenges, particularly those choosing to breastfeed their children.
Sometimes an employer will offer a worker a choice that is in reality no choice at all. The perfect illustration can be found in the choice between being fired or retiring. No matter what the worker decides to do, he or she is out of a job.