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Equal Pay Act and gender wage discrimination

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.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

United States law protects disabled people from discrimination in the workplace. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to put an end to disability discrimination in employment, public accommodations, state and local governments or transportation. Any person who is disabled is protected under the Act.

Receiving unemployment compensation

Growing economic problems all over the world result in companies laying off their employees to reduce costs. Budget cuts mean employees must be let go, and the ones who are left have to work harder. Employees who are fired without a particular reason might be eligible for unemployment benefits and compensation. Employees must pay a payroll tax to receive unemployment insurance (UI). The unemployment insurance fund has been created by the government to deal with these situations. The fund allows employees who have lost their jobs without any reason to receive a percentage of the previous earnings.

Dealing with quid pro quo harassment

Sexual harassment at the workplace is a major problem faced by some employees. It becomes even more complicated if a superior is the harasser. Quid pro quo harassment is the act of offering something to an employee in return for a sexual demand. The thing offered could be a promotion, raise or any other thing that the person might desire. In most cases, quid pro quo harassment involves a person with authority trying to harass a subordinate. Hiring someone based on sexual advances is also considered quid pro quo harassment.