April 2018 Archives

Cheerleader alleges gender and religious discrimination

Arizona NFL fans might be interested to know that a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has filed a religious and gender discrimination complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Resources against the team and the NFL. The woman says she was held to different standards compared to the football players in her use of social media and expressions about her religious beliefs.

How forced arbitration silences workers

There are over 60 million Americans including some in Arizona who are bound by arbitration agreements with their employers. This means that if they have a sexual harassment complaint, it must be brought up in an arbitration hearing instead of a courtroom. Both Fortune 500 companies and those in lower paying industries use forced arbitration clauses in their employment contracts. Such an arrangement is largely recognized as being beneficial to the employer.

Even senators can face workplace discrimination

While many women in Arizona may expect that U.S. senators enjoy top-of-the-line protections against discrimination based on pregnancy and parenting, in far too many circumstances, this is not the case. Attention has been drawn to the issue after Sen. Tammy Duckworth became the first sitting senator to give birth. This means that she may be unable to take part in votes and debates while she is on parental leave because senators must be present in person in order to vote. Children are also not allowed on the Senate floor.

Employment discrimination and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

It's hard to believe that there was once a time in the United States when employers could discriminate amongst potential employees on the basis of race, religion, sex and creed. However, before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this kind of discrimination was accepted as normal.

Discrimination against older workers still a threat

Many older workers in Arizona may be concerned about the potential of facing age discrimination in the workplace, even when they are employed by well-established corporations. For example, a recent report from ProPublica and Mother Jones magazine revealed extensive allegations of age discrimination at IBM, long a company ostensibly known for long-term careers that honored seniority. In the past five years, however, the corporation may have laid off approximately 20,000 workers aged 40 and up in the United States, although that number is almost certainly an underestimate.

Correcting economic harm caused by gender pay gap

Women throughout Arizona often unknowingly work for lower pay than men in the same or similar positions. This form of gender-based pay discrimination is known as the gender wage gap. Comparisons between female and male pay calculated by the Institute of Women's Policy Research show that women only make an average of 80.5 cents for every dollar that men earn. This means that women work 15 months to produce the same amount of income that men receive in 12 months.

Contactors face a lack of workplace protections

Those who live or work in Arizona or anywhere in the United States as a freelancer have fewer rights than employees do. For example, those who work on a freelance or contract basis don't have the protections derived from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. They also don't have the ability to sue if an employer violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Workplace health and safety regulations don't generally apply to those working on a freelance basis.

Discrimination against job applicants continues

Apparently, American companies still discriminate on the basis of race while vetting and hiring new candidates. A study released by Harvard, the Institute for Social Research in Norway and Northwestern University looked at hiring practices in the United States from 1989 to 2015.

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