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Discrimination does play into the gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is a complex issue. The standard number being used right now is 80 percent, saying that women tend to make about 80 cents for every dollar that men earn.

On the outside, this sounds like a clear case of gender discrimination. While discrimination does play into it, some believe it's not responsible for the entire gap.

Uber executive's role to change significantly after investigation

Uber has been facing accusations of a toxic company culture and sexual harassment. An investigation was carried out to see how the company could improve. That investigation has now concluded, and it looks like big changes are coming for Uber's chief executive officer (CEO).

First of all, he's not going to be with the company for a certain amount of time. He has decided to take a break, putting others in charge while he keeps his distance. It still looks like the plan is for him to return at some point, but exactly how long he'll be out is unclear.

Know the signs of workplace discrimination and where to seek help

Whether you're a server in a small California cafe, a teacher in a public school classroom or a member of a team in a busy corporation, you have the right to expect fair treatment in the workplace. Every person, regardless his or her race, religion, ethnicity or gender should be able to report to work, carry out all duties within the normal scope of the position he or she was hired for and collect adequate payment for those duties without worrying about discrimination on the job.

The problem is that unfair treatment linked to some type of discrimination is not always immediately apparent. Perhaps, you return from work each day feeling like something is not right; you feel stressed and suspect that certain work problems are because you are pregnant, or because you're a woman, or due to the fact that your boss found out you subscribed to the tenets of a particular religion. Knowing how to recognize the signs of discriminatory behavior and where to seek support may help resolve problem situations.

Can your boss cut your pay?

You get a job making $50 per hour. After two years on the job, instead of getting a raise, they tell you they want to cut your pay down to $25 per hour. It's a massive blow for you to absorb, and you may find yourself wondering if it's even legal.

Is is, as long as it's done properly. Your company isn't obligated to pay you your current wage, in most cases, and can move it up or down as they choose.

Ex-Uber worker says he was fired for reporting sexual harassment

A man who used to work for Uber has said that sexual harassment eventually led to his being fired.

However, the man himself was not the subject of the initial harassment. Instead, a male supervisor was allegedly harassing some of the women who worked in the office. They came to the man for help, and he went to Human Resources on their behalf. They claim they were discriminated against and harassed based on their gender.

Tech startup sued for alleged sexual harassment

A tech startup in San Fransisco fired a female employee, and she's now suing and claiming she was subjected to sexual harassment. The company is called UploadVR, and they hired her to be their Director of Digital and Social Media in May of 2016. By March of 2017, she had been fired.

The woman says that she tried to tell management about the issues in the workplace, but when she spoke up, they simply fired her in retaliation.

Has religious discrimination left your career uncertain?

Religion may play a significant role in your life. You may use your beliefs to guide you through everyday situations and the decisions you must make. Additionally, your religious practices may involve your needing to wear certain attire or participate in certain activities, such as prayer, during specific times of the day. If your religious views differ from many of the individuals around you, you may sometimes fear how those other parties will treat you.

These fears may seem particularly prominent while at your place of employment. However, employers and co-workers should not treat you in a negative manner simply because you have different religious beliefs. Unfortunately, you may feel as if those individuals have subjected you to religious discrimination.

250,000 workers are wrongfully terminated annually

Though specific statistics on wrongful termination can be hard to come by, experts do believe that around 250,000 people are wrongfully and illegally fired year in and year out.

Of course, some of these illegal firings are not reported and some workers may not even realize their rights have been violated. Still, this estimate shows just how widespread and common the problem is, despite all of the laws designed specifically to prevent it.

Can you be fired immediately?

You've been looking for a job for a year. You finally land one after a terrific interview. Your first week on the job is a bit overwhelming, but you figure that things will get better as you get more experience.

Then your boss calls you into the office and tells you that you're being fired. They don't actually think it's a good fit and they're just going to let you go and hire the person who lost out to you initially.