Workers in the United States have various laws and protections to shield themselves from various forms of discrimination in the workplace. Specifically, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted to offer protections from workplace discrimination to American workers. Throughout the United States, including Rhode Island, there are also local and state laws in place to assure that workers are not victims of discrimination.
Anyone who lives or works in Rhode Island probably dreads a summons in to the boss's or human resources office, knowing that the meeting could well end with having to pack up their personals and leave the building unemployed and in desperate need of some income in order to support his or her family.
Although the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA is relatively young in the United States, its beginning extended years before it finally became law in 1993 under President Bill Clinton. It actually first was introduced to Congress a decade earlier in 1984, but was met with resistance and was blocked each year until 1991, when it was vetoed by President George H. W. Bush. It again passed in Congress in 1992, but was again blocked by President Bush.
Employment contracts are important to just about any employee from any part of the country, including Rhode Island. When drafted properly, they clearly spell out what the expectations of both the employee and the employer are with respect to their relationship. The agreement can therefore help head off misunderstandings and disputes that could otherwise end with someone losing his or her job and then suing the employer.
If more Rhode Island women were able to hide their pregnancies, employers would not have to be creative in finding reasons for firing pregnant employees. Unfortunately, discriminatory actions against pregnant workers are rampant, and many of those who are not fired frequently must endure adverse treatment, derogatory remarks, demotions and more.
Fox News, a national media outlet whom many in Rhode Island have grown either to love or to hate, has reportedly entered in to a quiet settlement of a sexual harassment claim with one of its former reporters. This news comes on the heels of a separate sexual harassment scandal that brought down a leading Fox News executive earlier this year.
Business deals in Cranston these days are often cemented by more than just a mere handshake. More often than not, a contract will be drawn up, establishing what goods or services are to be provided and how the provider of those goods or services will be compensated.