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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.

Will national origin discrimination ever go away?

Gone are the days of signs in front of businesses that say things like "Irish need not apply," but national origin discrimination continues to be a problem in Arizona and other areas of the United States. In Arizona, for example, Mexican nationals commonly face discrimination that translates into the loss of their jobs, loss of job opportunities and poor treatment at work.

Transgender workers face discrimination on the job

While there has been an increasing amount of media attention and broader social acceptance for transgender people in Arizona and across the country, workplace discrimination continues to be a significant concern. A number of companies have announced initiatives that seek to improve trans inclusivity on the job, but only 9 percent of people over age 45 say that they know or have worked with a transgender person. The unemployment rate of transgender people is three times the overall unemployment rate across the country.

Wal-Mart settles retaliation lawsuit by transgender worker

It is illegal for Arizona employers to retaliate against employees who report discrimination. However, many companies continue to be accused of engaging in such behavior. For example, on June 6, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that it had settled a lawsuit filed by a former transgender employee who worked at one of the company's Sam's Club stores. The employee claimed that she was wrongfully terminated after reporting incidents of harassment to her supervisors.

Do you know how to address discrimination in the workplace?

With the strong focus on discrimination that has dominated the news cycle for more than a year, one might think that workplace discrimination is rare at this point, if for no other reason than because both employees and employers are concerned about protecting themselves from the legal and social consequences of discrimination accusations. Unfortunately, workers throughout the country still face discrimination in the workplace every day. While discrimination may someday be a thing of the past, that day has not yet arrived.

21st Century Fox settles group of workplace discrimination suits

Arizona readers may be interested to learn that 21st Century Fox has announced the settlement of multiple discrimination lawsuits filed against it by more than a dozen current and former employees. The entertainment and news giant agreed to pay around $10 million to a total of 18 plaintiffs, but it denied all the allegations.

Are workers protected from sexual orientation discrimination?

Not very long ago, anyone considered to be of an "alternative sexual orientation" such as bisexual, lesbian, gay, heterosexual -- or just being perceived as such -- was in danger of harassment at work. For this reason, most people kept their sexual orientation a secret at work, out of a fear that they could lose their jobs. Even though the social climate has changed with regard to society's views on sexual orientation, many workers continue to stay private about this subject because of the lack of employment protections.

Restaurant chain pays settlement in class action lawsuit

Some Arizona residents may be eligible to claim part of a settlement paid by a national restaurant chain in a class action lawsuit. Seasons 52 was accused of age discrimination because of rejecting applicants who were older than 40. In addition, in sworn testimony to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, more than 100 applicants reported comments from managers that made reference to the fact that they hired young people. One manager told the EEOC that the company could not hire older white men.

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