When you show up to work each day, you have certain protected rights, and you may exercise these rights without having to fear that your employer or colleagues will treat you unjustly because you choose to do so. Protected rights take on many forms, but if your employer or coworkers treat you differently because you exercise any of them, they may be engaging in workplace retaliation.
A new law regarding parental leave took effect in California at the beginning of this year that may help you form a stronger bond with your child. If your employer meets certain criteria, he or she must now allow you to take at least 12 weeks of parental leave within one year of you birthing, fostering or adopting a child.
When you have struggled with obesity or morbid obesity for many years, you get accustomed to the rude comments and stares. They still hurt, but you don’t let them affect your life. However, you probably never expected to lose your job due to obesity. If you lost your job or experienced a demotion due to your weight, you might wonder if the employer committed an illegal action.
Emojis are the cute, funny and sometimes confusing little images that many people use in social media, text messaging, chats or emails. Emoji images can sometimes be difficult to decipher. If you show a new emoji to 10 different people, you might get 10 different interpretations of its meaning.
Retaliation now is the most frequently filed charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Retaliation often occurs when another employee, usually a supervisor, feels wronged and decides to punish an accuser or “get even” in response to a claim. Management may also attempt to discourage an employee from filing a claim.
Many people are talking about the problem of sexual assault against women in Hollywood. However, gender discrimination is a major problem in the tech industry, as evidenced by recent research conducted by Pew Research Center. Some of the issues that greatly affect women in the tech industry include:
Workplace discrimination against people with disabilities can be subtle, and it can take many forms. It can make staying in your job unbearable. Your rights are protected by law.
Age discrimination is real. In fact, according to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, 20,857 claims alleging discrimination based on age were filed in 2016. While employers are not generally allowed to hire, promote, fire, or determine an employee’s compensation or benefits based on age, it can be hard to determine whether specific actions were the result of discrimination due to that factor or by the belief that another candidate has more appropriate skills or are better equipped to perform a job.
Everything can be going perfectly at work, when suddenly a coworker says something that stops you in your tracks. The comment might be blatantly sexist or racist, or it might be harder to tell exactly why it makes you uncomfortable - but you know it does. How do you respond?