Phoenix Arizona Discrimination Law Blog

The effects of sexual harassment on young workers

Much media coverage has been given to sexual harassment in the workplace. However, younger workers in Arizona and throughout the country may also be victims of harassment without even knowing it. One reason is that such behavior may be so common that it goes unnoticed. According to a survey from the American Association of University Women, half of respondents said that they had been sexually harassed while they were working during their school years.

Harassment early in life may have consequences throughout a person's career as a first job may be an introduction to how the business world works. Those who are victims of harassment may learn not to trust their coworkers or alter their career goals. Some victims may also learn that people may not take their accusations seriously if they are made at all.

What is hiring discrimination?

Nobody wants to receive a rejection letter from his or her prospective employer. This rejection may be illegal if an applicant believes that they experienced discrimination. With this post, you can learn to recognize the signs of hiring discrimination and understand your next steps.

Large companies may engage in age discrimination

A HubSpot job ad that was run on Facebook in November 2017 targeted individuals between the ages of 27 and 40. However, that may not be the only job ad that older folks in Arizona or elsewhere in America weren't able to see. According to a new report, companies such as Google and even Facebook itself have engaged in similar behavior.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 does offer protection to those who are 40 or older. It says that employers cannot use age as the only factor when making a hiring decision. However, when it comes to posting ads online, it isn't clear if companies are violating the law. Facebook says that targeting people based on age is an acceptable practice. The company claims that online ads targeting certain demographics are no different than advertising on shows or in magazines aimed at specific age groups.

Your first steps after a wrongful termination

Losing a job can make life difficult for both a worker and their family. Employers who fire workers for illegal reasons are trampling the rights of employees who put in hard work at their jobs. Creating a plan for life after your wrongful termination will let you protect your rights. We will go over five steps that you can take after your illegal firing.

What are my rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 appeared during the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Legislatures created it in response to public outcry over the injustices experienced by people of color in what -- at the time -- was a largely white-dominated society in the United States.

You would think that, after all these years, racial discrimination would be a thing of the past, but if you're a person of color, or another kind of minority in society, you know that society has not caught up to the provisions contained in the Civil Rights Act -- especially when it comes to employment-related discrimination.

Understanding and recognizing police misconduct and brutality

While the police have the power to carry out the duties of their job, they still must follow the law and proper protocols. Recent studies show that law enforcement is more likely to use excessive force against certain groups. Recognizing police brutality or misconduct lets people protect their rights and stop future abuses. We will go over common civil rights issues and what to do if you believe you have experienced police brutality and/or misconduct.

Sexual harassment and the wage gap

Sexual harassment and a gender-based wage gap are major concerns for women throughout Arizona and the rest of the U.S. Some researchers theorize that the wage gap and sexual harassment may be linked.

Statistically, women earn about 80 cents per dollar compared to men. Unfortunately, women are more likely than men to experience sexual harassment and hostile work environments. Serious harassment at work can lead to a drop in productivity, more days off work and less interest in a job. Supervisors who notice a drop in productivity may use this to justify passing over employees who are experiencing harassment for raises and promotions.

Find your voice

If I had one hundred dollars for every time clients come to me and tell me that they knew that they were being discriminated against, they were afraid to say something and now they regret it. I'd have a nice little sum of money. Keeping quiet never works for long. Unfair treatment doesn't just magically disappear. There is no badge of honor for putting up with discrimination. All it makes you is a victim. As a matter of fact, bad things can happen if you don't say anything. You can sleep on your rights. You only have 300 days to report discrimination. And the bad actors keep on treating you unfairly. That takes a toll on your mental health as well as physical health.

2 Vice employees accused of sexual misconduct

Unfortunately, sexual harassment is common in Arizona and across the United States. Recently, two men at Vice Media were placed on leave following sexual misconduct allegations. A special committee with the company is reviewing the allegations.

In 2016, a former employee of Vice claimed that she was fired after refusing to have an intimate relationship with one of the men placed on leave. The company paid a $135,000 settlement to the woman.

Employee files discrimination suit against Sam's Club

Arizona employers may understand that discriminating against transgender employees could violate employment law. A transgender woman recently filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of North Carolina in December 2017 alleging that her former employer discriminated against her. The lawsuit claims that she was referred to as "it" and "thing" during her time with the company. It further claimed that she was terminated after making reports of the alleged harassment.

In her complaint, the woman said that she was offered advancement opportunities and was in good standing prior to transitioning. She started working for the company in 2004 and began adopting female characteristics, such as growing her hair longer and wearing makeup, in 2008. This allegedly led to poor marks in the employee's personnel file. After the EEOC found that there was evidence of a hostile work environment, the agency tried to work out a solution with Sam's Club. However, those efforts were unsuccessful.

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