Employment Discrimination

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

There are both state and federal laws in place that prohibit racial discrimination in the workplace. The being said it is the responsibility of all of us, employers, employees, coworkers, to do what we can to prevent racial discrimination from occurring in the workplace.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Common Defenses in Employment Discrimination Cases

Claims of employment discrimination or harassment in the workplace must be taken seriously. They must be evaluated in light of the totality of the circumstances.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

How Do You Prove Employment Discrimination?

There are laws in place, both federal and state, that protect employees and prospective employees from being discriminated against based on a number of different things which place them in a protected class. Discrimination may happen in a number of different ways. If you feel like you have been discriminated against by an employer or a prospective employer, you will need to know how you can prove this. Here, we discuss what you need to prove in an Read more . . .

Monday, June 29, 2020

Recent Supreme Court Ruling on Title VII LGBTQ Protections

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has always provided critical protections to U.S. workers. Title VII protects individuals by prohibiting

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

What Is the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act?

Legislators at the state and federal have long been passing measures in an effort to protect employees across the United States from having to endure discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination based on a protected factor such as race, color, religion, and national origin have a more established presence in U.S. law. More recent legislative measures to combat Read more . . .

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Religious Discrimination & Reasonable Accommodation

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 granted workers protection from religious discrimination in the employment setting. This means that both employees and prospective employees have the right to be free from discriminatory acts perpetrated by an employer in regard to everything from hiring to firing and terms and conditions of employment.
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Employees at Airport Starbucks Allege Discrimination

What cause of action do transgender employees have against their employers if they experience discrimination?

Starbucks paints itself as a place of acceptance for everyone. One of the latest ad campaigns released by Starbucks depicts the coffee shop as a safe place for transgender customers. Despite its public perception, employees at some Starbucks locations have alleged that they have not been treated with acceptance. Transgender employees at Starbucks locations in airports nationwide claim they have experienced misgendering and use of their former name. Our Read more . . .

Thursday, December 19, 2019

What Does Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Protect?

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) took on the protection of disabled Americans from discrimination in the workplace. Previous legislation regarding discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religious, age, and gender discrimination always asserted that when you treat people the same, the result would be fairness in the workplace.

With the ADA, this is not the case. This legislation asserts that treating employees with disabilities the same as everyone else would yield unfair results because disabled individuals will usually need a reasonable accommodation to successfully carry out their work. Thus, Title I of the ADA protects disabled Americans in a way that takes into account the unique nature of what discrimination against a person with disabilities may look like.
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Monday, November 25, 2019

What Is the Equal Pay Act of 1963?

Signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, the Equal Pay Act (EPA) was one of the very first U.S. laws enacted in an effort to reduce the occurrence of gender discrimination in the workplace. In particular, the EPA aimed to address the long-standing problem of gender-based wage discrimination. While, at the time the law was enacted, women comprised nearly a quarter of the workforce in America, they were paid much less than men, even when performing the same job.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Would Donald Trump’s “Go Back to Your Country” Statements Constitute Employment Discrimination?

By now, you have likely heard of the controversy surrounding some recent tweets and statements made by President Trump towards several female Democratic congresswomen. The President’s tweet read that certain congresswomen, who had allegedly made statements expressing their discontent with America in its current state, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Further, Trump repeated the sentiment in a speech issuing a broader sentiment that if you are not happy here in the United States, you can leave.

Trump’s statements have been lambasted broadly by the media. His controversial statements have raised interesting issues as to whether President Trump’s statements, in fact, constitute racist remarks and whether they could be grounds for employment discrimination.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Federal Employment Laws Protect LGBT Employees

Does federal law prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation?

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take up the important issue of whether federal employment laws protect LGBT employees.  The court will consider three different cases, two focused on discrimination based on sexual orientation and the third involving discrimination against a transgender employee. Already, the result of these cases is highly anticipated as it could have significant implications for the thousands of federal employees that identify as LGBT.
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