February 2018 Archives

Retalition is most common EEOC complaint

The number of Tennessee residents filing employment claims for civil rights violations dropped in 2017 according to the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws against workplace discrimination. Numbers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Agency, or EEOC, show that 2,640 Volunteer State claims were filed in fiscal year 2017, which ended in September. That number is down from prior years and tracks national numbers, which also declined in volume across the board. The agency reports having helped recover $398 million for claimants in 2017, which is $84 million less than in 2016.

Harassment allegations at Monster

An executive at Monster Energy has resigned amid allegations of an abusive and discriminatory 'guys club" culture at the company. At the center of the allegations are separate lawsuits filed by five female employees detailing a series of allegations which, if proven, would indicate violations of federal civil rights laws. Workers in Tennessee are often subjected to similar behaviors.

How employers should treat pregnant workers

If an employee is pregnant or has just given birth, an employer may not use that as the basis for a hiring or employment decision. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act covers workers in Tennessee and around the country, and a violation of the PDA is considered sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The overall takeaway is that pregnant workers must be treated in a similar manner to others who are dealing with health issues.

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