January 2018 Archives

Discrimination against pregnant workers violates federal law

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which amended Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibits employers in Arizona and around the country from discriminating against workers on the basis of childbirth, pregnancy or medical conditions related to pregnancy. Refusing to hire a woman because she is pregnant violates the 1978 law unless her condition would prevent her from performing the duties required. Furthermore, pregnant women who have already been hired cannot be denied assignments, promotions, benefits or pay.

The unusual reason some employers discriminate against race

Racial tensions have long been a national malady in American society. This is true for employment sectors as well. Racial discrimination continues to be an ongoing issue despite its covert tendency during hiring interviews and on-the-job scenarios, but why? That is the question that a group of researchers asked in a study conducted to examine why some employers are discriminating against race.

4 types of employment discrimination: Are you a victim?

One of the best parts of being an American is the fact that we receive a host of incredible protections against discrimination. In fact, not all countries protect their workers like this, and their citizens have to endure age, gender, pregnancy and other forms of on-the-job discrimination when applying for work or carrying out their employment duties.

Why some employees do not report sexual harassment

Arizona workers may be interested to learn that many individuals who deal with sexual harassment in the workplace remain silent. A survey from CareerBuilder showed that 12 percent of workers have experienced harassment. Of these participates, 72 percent have not reported the incidents to their supervisors or bosses.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why should I care?

People hold misconceptions or are short-sighted about anti-discrimination laws. Maybe you believe the laws only protect minorities and you'll never need them. Banish that thought. Everyone needs anti-discrimination laws. Everyone has a job or is affected by someone else having a job. Life's happenings, anticipated or not affect you. Consider the following: you have a newborn you want to bond; you have a child or spouse with a disability that requires your care; you become disabled; you have a family member of another race and you are treated differently; your parent becomes seriously ill; everyone reaches forty years old. The list goes on.

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