June 2017 Archives

Did your employer discriminate because you breastfed?

There is a lot of pressure on new mothers. They are supposed to provide the best for their baby, but society also frowns upon a woman who eschews work for family. So, sometimes only a few days after giving birth, women go back to work, leaving their new babies at home with family. Exhaustion and feeling blue because you aren't with your new child are very common.

Age discrimination in the workplace claims still prevalent

Tennessee residents may be interested to learn that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was passed by the U.S. Congress 50 years ago. It has been amended throughout the decades, providing protection against age discrimination in the workforce for people who are at or over the age of 40.

The role of constructive discharge in employment law cases

A Tennessee employee who files a workplace discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 generally has to stay on the job to mitigate the damages. However, this may not be the case if working conditions are so unbearable that a reasonable person would have no choice but to quit. Those who resign because of unbearable conditions are said to have gone through a constructive discharge.

Proper labeling may not always be required for EEOC charges

In Tennessee and other areas of the country, an individual usually requires a right-to-sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before filing an employment discrimination lawsuit. After investigating a complaint, the EEOC will determine whether there is cause to believe sexual discrimination occurred and the type of discrimination involved.

Does your employer try to make you work 'off the clock'?

Overtime labor can be expensive for employers. After all, they are paying their workers at least time and half, which increases labor costs. Realistically, it's much more cost-effective for an employer to pay an existing employee a higher wage than it is to train someone and retain a part-time employee for only a few hours of work a week.

How companies discriminate against workers

Employers and employees alike in Tennessee and throughout the country may understand that sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem. However, according to one study, it is uncommon for employers to take concrete action after an employee reports sexual harassment. Furthermore, it was discovered that three out of four women who are subject to harassment never report the incident to a supervisor or union representative.

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