People usually hope that their work environments are peaceful and conducive to growth and advancement. Unfortunately, there may be some properties at work within the workplace that infringe upon an employee's rights.
One fundamental tenant of this country's anti-discrimination laws is that an employee, whether in Rhode Island or elsewhere, has to feel free to report cases of discrimination when they see them. If they are afraid that doing so will cost them their jobs, then it is unlikely that discrimination will ever actually get reported or acted upon.
Discrimination can be difficult to pinpoint at times, spreading across a wide range of personal experiences. It can appear as snide comments or passive-aggressive remarks. It can also be clear as day, shown in position or promotion denials. Whatever the form, about 42 percent of working women say they have experienced gender discrimination at their jobs.
A major employment law firm which has at times received accolades for its treatment of women in its workplace is now facing serious allegations of systemic gender discrimination, particularly with respect to wage discrimination and unequal advancement opportunities.
A previous post on this blog reminded Rhode Island employees that their employers cannot discriminate against them based on the sincerely held religious persuasion.
Government offices, such as fire departments, police precincts and the like, are certainly not immune from workplace discrimination. In fact, the City of Providence recently settled a claim which one of its firefighters made alleging he was the victim of discrimination based on his ethnicity.
Religious discrimination is prohibited in the workplace which is why it is essential for workers to be familiar with their protections against religious discrimination in both the hiring process and in the workplace. Religious discrimination refers to treating an applicant or employee in an unfavorable manner because of the applicant or employee's religious beliefs.
Racial discrimination can refer to a variety of behaviors that are prohibited in the workplace, including racial slurs, racially offensive jokes and stereotyping based on race. It is also illegal to discriminate in the hiring process because of race. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides workers in Rhode Island and nationwide with protection from race discrimination in the workplace. Both federal and state laws offer protections against race discrimination. Workers should be aware that they do not have to tolerate racial discrimination in the hiring process or workplace.
It has been 50 years since the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was first enacted to protect workers over the age of 40 from missing out on employment opportunities and advancements solely because of their age. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination based on age is still a big part of our working world.
Medical marijuana has been legalized in Rhode Island, as well as 28 other states and Washington, D.C. However, the use of medical marijuana to treat pain and various medical conditions is a hot topic in the news these days.