workplace discrimination Archives

Appellate court ruling changes rules on workplace discrimination

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on a number of characteristics, including race, sex and national origin. Sexual orientation is one characteristic that is not explicitly mentioned by the Act. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit attempted to put an end to workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation with a recent ruling in favor of an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College.

What types of discrimination can occur in the workplace?

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against any employee based on certain characteristics. This law was enacted to ensure that employee rights are protected. Despite this law, many employees are treated unfairly at work and feel unsafe and unwelcome as a result.

Tesla faces lawsuit for alleged discrimination and harassment

Rhode Island employees have basic rights in the workplace that entitle them to work in a safe environment free from discrimination and harassment. If an employee's rights are violated, the employee may choose to file a lawsuit against the employer. According to a recent report, Tesla Inc. is facing a workplace discrimination lawsuit after a factory worker allegedly experienced sexual harassment, racial discrimination and threats at the workplace.

Studies find Asian job applicants face discrimination in U.S., Canada

Multiple research studies from both Canada and the U.S. have found that employers are less likely to interview and hire job applicants with Asian last names than with those with Anglo last names, Rhode Island Public Radio reports.

Trump to keep Obama's LGBTQ exec. order on discrimination

There has been much unease among many minorities in the United States during President Donald Trump's first month in office. With campaign pledges to remove many of President Obama's executive actions, many Americans feel that their rights may be violated. For the LGBTQ community, this was also a factor, as weeks ago there were rumors of drafts going through the White House that may affect their rights. The LGBTQ may now give a collective short sigh of relief, as the administration announced that it would not remove President Obama's executive order from 2014 which protected employees working for federal contractors from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination.

Amazon is facing racial discrimination charges against drivers

One of the largest online retail giants in the world is facing scrutiny after eight delivery drivers from the nearby Boston, Massachusetts, area filed a class action complaint against the company alleging racial discrimination. According to the lawsuit, Amazon's contractor, Miller Express, terminated the employment of dozens of drivers at the discretion of Amazon, following changes to their background-check policy that included a criminal background check, which was considered a discriminatory policy.

Dept. of Labor sues Oracle amid workplace discrimination claims

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.

Your ability to procreate may count against you

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.

Fighting gender discrimination in Rhode Island

Some people in Rhode Island may believe that blatant gender discrimination is largely a thing of the past. Unfortunately, gender discrimination continues to exist in many workplaces, especially in occupations that were traditionally male-dominated. When it occurs, victims can suffer serious financial and emotional damage.

Steps for addressing workplace sexual harassment

Facing sexual harassment in any capacity can leave you feeling traumatized. If you have endured such actions at work, you have several options for addressing the incident. Your employer has a responsibility to create a safe work environment, and, therefore, your first steps will likely involve filing a complaint with your supervisor and company. If the individuals in charge do not properly address the matter, you may wish to take further legal steps in order to right the injustice.

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