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.
As noted in an earlier post, the Supreme Court of the United States will likely be asked to review whether or not Title VII (also known as the Civil Rights Act) provides protection against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at the federal level. The fact that these protections are not always a given may cause some concern within the workplace. It is important to note that this single law is not the only form of protection available to workers. Additional protections, especially in California, are available.
In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) found bans on same-sex marriage at the state level unconstitutional. Our country's highest court stated that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states both allow and recognize same-sex marriages. These same justices that two years earlier struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act held that states must recognize same-sex marriages. But what does this mean in the real world? What does this mean for couples that can now openly marry the ones they love? Although their marriages are recognized, will they be protected from retaliation by employers?
The exposure of internal information to outside sources is called whistleblowing. There might be people within an organization that are involved in corrupt practices, and others who feel uncomfortable about it. Coming out and exposing corrupt practices is accepted, and the law protects all whistleblowers from any sort of discrimination from the organization.
The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 was passed to prohibit wage discrimination in the workplace on the basis of gender. The Act is an amendment to the Fair Labor Standard Act (FSLA) and was passed because men and women doing the same job were being paid different wages. The Act gave employees the right to file a complaint against their employer in case of any discrimination.
San Francisco is a virtual Mecca of the high tech industry. And the high tech industry is always at the forefront of the development of new products aimed at making our lives more enjoyable and productive. And typically, tech workers are forward-thinking innovators. Unfortunately, this forward-thinking has not permeated every aspect of the industry. From a workplace diversity standpoint, tech companies are apparently not making satisfactory advancements.
As we get older, some of our best traits grow even stronger. We have more experience, wisdom and compassion. One would like to think that all of these attributes would be considered of value in the workplace. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. And sadly, sometimes older workers are the recipients of discriminatory acts based on their age.
Learning you are going to have a baby is a very emotional experience. Typically, there is a sense of profound joy and expectation. But there can also be worries. After all, you want your baby to come into the world healthy and you want to be prepared to take on the responsibilities of motherhood.
You are not alone in the myriad of emotions, thoughts and fears you may go through when you first realize you are expecting a new addition to the family as many new parents share a similar experience. While, the fact that becoming pregnant may cost them their job is not often the first thing on their mind, they probably wonder how they can provide a loving environment for their child to grow up in as they are not oblivious to the fact that it does cost money to raise a child.
When most people think of discrimination, be it in the workplace or anywhere else in society, they typically think of non-white racial groups, females or a combination of both. Of course, while these may be the demographics that are most commonly viewed as discriminated against, anyone can be a target of discrimination. Even white males can be the targets of discrimination. It is important not to forget what discrimination actually is: treating another person differently because of a specific trait.