The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to level the playing field and enable those with disabilities to live and function normally in society. As it relates to employment, the ADA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities who are either employees or applicants.
AT&T continues to be one of America's largest communications companies, with customers and employees in nearly every state, including Florida. As with other national companies, an employee dispute anywhere could be relevant to future problems here in South Florida.
Religious discrimination is, unfortunately, still very prevalent in American workplaces. Sometimes it is related to discrimination based on country of origin. Other times, American-born citizens face religious discrimination for having less mainstream beliefs or for practicing their beliefs in everyday life.
Age discrimination in the workplace can sometimes be difficult to prove. When an older employee is terminated, demoted or denied advancement, the company often claims it is because the employee's work performance has deteriorated with age.
Last week, we posted that Wal-Mart Inc. recently settled an ethnic discrimination and harassment lawsuit regarding Sam's club workers of Mexican descent who were subjected to racial slurs and harassment from a co-worker. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and settled for $440,000.
Last month, we reported that the GLBT Competitive Workforce Act is not likely to receive a hearing in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill seeks protections against discriminatory treatment in the workplace based on sexual orientation, age, disability and race.
Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer with over 250 stores in Florida alone. According to their website, they employ nearly 93,000 Florida residents in positions at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and related distribution centers.
Age discrimination in the workplace is often a way for companies to try to push older employees out. Sometimes employers might discriminate based on incorrect stereotypes which say that older employees are less competent than younger ones.