Should employers have the right to tell employees how they can wear their hair, assuming that their hairstyle has no impact on anyone's health or safety? On what basis should anyone decide what hairstyles are appropriate and inappropriate for any particular workplace?
A woman, who worked for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for nine years, filed a discrimination lawsuit against her former employer on April 18. In her filing, she chronicled how she was overlooked for promotions and later publicly demoted during her tenure working with them.
Religious discrimination is as old as religion itself, and modern countries like the United States have taken steps to make it illegal, but it continues to happen. Workers may face discrimination on the job that leads to constant harassment, wrongful termination, lower pay or even the inability to get a job at all.
A lawsuit was filed against the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) on April 8. In that filing, four of the bus company's employees announced that they were suing their employer for pregnancy discrimination.
For many mothers, breastfeeding is the only way they want to feed their children. Unfortunately, reports have found that they face a lot of discrimination over this decision.
Despite the many federal and state laws in place to protect against it, discrimination in the workplace remains a major problem. This can appear in any company, regardless of size, location or industry. As an employee, you should always keep your eyes out for instances of discrimination, as this is against the law.
The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 makes it unlawful to pay workers unequal amounts on the job simply because of their genders. In the 1960s, this act was added as an amendment to the already-existing Fair Labor Standards Act. Lawmakers created the EPA to fix the considerable pay inequity between the genders at the time. A year later, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was also passed, and this served to prohibit other forms of discrimination -- including gender discrimination -- in the workplace.
Have you ever wondered what your genes might say about your personality and working habits? Perhaps you happen to possess the gene combination that scientists claim will contribute to you being a bad accountant. Or, maybe you don't have the "doctor gene." If your employer was to make a hiring decision based on this information, it could be a violation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which became effective in 2009.
The United States offers numerous protections to employees under federal law. Nevertheless, most workers in America are not aware of what their employers can and cannot do to them. Therefore, when their legal rights are violated, many workers never even realize it and simply take the consequences on the chin.
With ever-advancing technology, it is now possible to know a great deal about your own genetic information. This can give insights into the likelihood of developing certain diseases in the future. While this information can be very helpful when it comes to planning your lifestyle and health care, such information may be interpreted differently by employers.