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.
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.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a wrongful termination suit filed by a South Florida man who alleges that he was fired because his daughter's cancer treatments were putting too much of a financial strain on his employer-sponsored health insurance.
Not every employee is fortunate enough to work for a company that offers employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. Many companies choose to offer it as an incentive to attract talented employees.
When harassment and discrimination occur in the workplace, it is not always easy to pinpoint who should be held accountable for the illegal behavior. In most cases, it is against the law for employers, not individual non-supervisory employees, to engage in workplace discrimination. However, it can be difficult to determine who an "employer" or who a "supervisor" actually is in a complex business situation.
When the economy began to decline, the number of temporary employment positions grew, even as full-time employment opportunities waned. However, even though the economy is recovering, a great many Americans continue to be employed in temporary (or temp) positions.
I think we've all been in uncomfortable situations, but when someone is making unwanted advances towards you in the workplace; it's hard to believe that you are experiencing sexual harassment. This week a Florida woman alleges sexual harassment, including unwanted physical contact, by a congressman.