July 2018 Archives

The reason behind a termination matters

Being let go from your job isn't an easy situation. You have a lot to worry about, such as how you are going to pay your bills and when you will find a new job. There are moments when you know your times at the company is ending, such as if there are rounds of terminations or layoffs. In other cases, you might not have any idea that you are going to lose your job.

Reports indicate EEOC probe into Uber

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may be investigating ride share company Uber for gender discrimination. A report in the Wall Street Journal indicated that investigators from the EEOC have been conducting interviews with current and former Uber employees as well as requesting company documents. Drivers who work for Uber in Arizona may assume companies in the gig economy are different with regard to discrimination, but it's still a serious problem.

Statements that could point to age discrimination

If a 25-year-old and a 65-year-old have the requisite skills to perform the same job, an employer cannot discriminate between the two employees on the basis of age. By virtue of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, employers cannot make hiring, firing, pay, promotion or other employment-related decisions on the basis of age for employees who are 40 years of age and older.

What types of discrimination are banned under federal law?

Americans discriminate against one another left and right. They choose their friends based on skin color and national origin. They avoid speaking to people of different religious persuasions. And, they judge people because they have gray hair and a few wrinkles. On a personal level, in terms of forming friendships, federal law doesn't seek to interfere -- and it allows people to associate with whomever they choose. On an employment law level, however, discrimination is unlawful.

Pregnancy discrimination cases have reached record levels

For two decades, complaints filed by women alleging pregnancy discrimination at work have increased. Complaints have reached their highest level yet, which demonstrates the extent of the problem and growing awareness among women in Arizona about their legal rights. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 applies to employers who have at least 15 employees. The law prohibits discrimination because of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. The hiring process falls under the purview of these protections as well.

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