A meta-study by researchers from the U.S. and Norway ndicates that black and Latino workers still struggle to get fair treatment when it comes to employment. Race may play an important role during the job hunt, in Arizona and across the country, despite the efforts of legislators and others in recent years.
Considering the host of federal laws that protect employees from workplace discrimination, many Arizona workers feel as if they don't need to worry about losing job opportunities or suffering from wrongful termination as a result of discrimination. However, discrimination continues to be a widespread problem in our state.
Some Arizona business owners are likely employing people who are protected by DACA. However, if they employ them after their work permits expire, those owners could face jail time or a fine for doing so. Although DACA may be ending soon, employers are urged to refrain from terminating workers or asking about their immigration status as this could be seen as discrimination.
Certain industries and types of jobs have higher rates of sexual harassment than others. One of the most prominent examples is restaurant work. Women (and men) who work in food service experience higher rates of sexual harassment than workers in most other industries.
Arizona companies must still abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act even in cases of natural disaster. This means that in most cases, an employee cannot volunteer to work for an employer for free and must be paid overtime regardless of circumstances.