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October 2012 Archives

Discrimination complaints overloading the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as the nation's watchdog and as its prosecutor of illegal workplace discrimination. However, the entity it is currently scrutinizing is not a business organization or any other private enterprise. According to a recent EEOC report, the federal government fell down on the job last year in several specific respects related to workplace discrimination.

'Binders full of women' comment sparks discrimination discussion

When Mitt Romney uttered the phrase 'binders full of women' during the second presidential debate, he prompted a national discussion about pay inequity and women in the workplace. The problem of gender discrimination in hiring and employment is still real and very present in the American workplace.

Depression linked to perceived workplace discrimination

Workplace discrimination can be blatant and obvious. Discrimination can also be subtle and difficult to pin down. When surveys question employees as to whether they have faced discrimination in the workplace, many ask whether or not participants perceive that they have been discriminated against or been the victims of a hostile work environment.

Florida man claims wrongful termination due to kidney condition

When your health deteriorates, you worry. You worry about your health, your pain, your ability to enjoy life, your ability to remain independent and to function. And if you are an American who isn't wealthy, health worries quickly give rise to financial worries.

Former employees file federal suit for gender discrimination

This week, 11 Florida women filed a federal lawsuit against Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, for gender discrimination in promotions, with the hope of more women across the country coming forward as victims. When one Florida employee asked her boss how she could go about finding a higher-paying position, she was reportedly told that "Single mothers like you don't deserve to make as much."

Weight discrimination issues need to be clearly addressed

Workplace discrimination law has evolved to reflect changing societal attitudes. For example, some of the first characteristics to be protected by law were race, nationality and religion, because recognized discrimination amongst these groups was so widespread. Then, the law began to recognize discrimination against women and the disabled.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is for employees too

This month has been designated National Bullying Prevention Awareness month. While much of the media coverage of this event has centered on the behavior of children and schools, an increasing number of adults are suffering from bullying as a form of employment discrimination. As a result, the lessons being advanced by advocates of this month's campaign can apply to the workplace as well as the schoolyard.

Caregivers for the elderly facing increasing discrimination rates

Employment laws protect individuals from workplace discrimination in a variety of scenarios. For example, some laws explicitly protect individuals who belong to certain classes. In practice, this means that if an individual affiliates with a certain religion or is discriminated against because of race, nationality, gender or disability, the law will help that individual seek restitution for the harm caused by being treated in illegal ways at work.

We have more tools now to fight sex and gender discrimination

In 1970, 46 women rocked the business industry when they sued Newsweek Magazine. In particular, they alleged that they had been harmed by workplace gender discrimination, which was a novel thing to claim at the time. In fact, they were the first female media workers to sue as a result of discrimination based in sex or gender.

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