Navigating a new work situation is difficult, especially if you are a minority in the workplace. Unfortunately, discrimination at work still happens but sometimes it may be hard to recognize. There are a variety of categories and types of discrimination. Here is a brief list to help you figure things out.
There are various bases of valid workplace discrimination lawsuits. We commonly hear about sexual harassment or religious discrimination. But there is a protected class of workers, a class we will all become part of someday, that also faces illegal hardships in the workforce: the demographic of workers who are 40 years old and older.
Everybody wants to perform and act in a setting where they are being treated fairly, regardless of what they are doing. You could be playing sports, raising a child, hanging out with friends or, yes, working at your job -- and in all of these scenarios, the expectation is that we are being treated fairly and without bias.
A former employee of Jimmy Choo USA Inc. -- a company known for fashion products, such as handbags and shoes -- has sued the company for workplace discrimination and wrongful termination due to a number of incidents that culminated in his firing in 2014.
In our last post, we talked about employees who are illegally fired based on profanity or protected speech that they use. Firing someone is more complex than just saying "you're fired" and escorting the individual off the premises. On the other end of the spectrum, hiring a new employee is also more difficult than it may seem. There are many legal topics to consider when a company begins the process of bringing aboard a new employee.
The subject of religious freedom in America has been hotly debated throughout our country's history, and that debate continues today. Thankfully, the United States has largely managed to uphold religious liberty in its laws, including its employment laws.
The fight for LGBT rights has been a long and difficult one, and progress has not been uniform among the four groups that fall under the LGBT banner. The gay and lesbian communities have made important gains in efforts to combat discrimination in housing, services and employment (although employment protections are not as far-reaching as they could be).
Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, American Muslims have frequently faced discrimination and harassment. High-profile acts of violence like the recent shootings in San Bernardino have only made things worse for peaceful Americans who identify as Muslim, and even for those who simply look like they could be of Arab descent. Sadly, the threat of terrorism has caused many people to abandon the truly American values of religious freedom and the personal liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
Most of us had at least one "nightmare" job during our teenage years. Whether the work was boring, exhausting or low-paying, it at least made us appreciate the value of getting a good education (to be spared from such jobs in the future). Unfortunately, some teenagers suffer indignities on the job that no one should ever be subjected to, including sexual harassment.