March 2018 Archives

A car crash could leave you unable to work for some time

Most people take certain steps when operating motor vehicles to reduce their risk of getting into collisions. A crash between two vehicles can be completely unpredictable, resulting in major property damage, catastrophic injuries and potentially even death. Avoiding these incidents is always the best option. Unfortunately, you can't control what other people do when they're driving.

Workplace discrimination victims often settle and stay silent

People in Tennessee who suffer discrimination or sexual harassment at work face many obstacles when trying to obtain justice for the wrongs done to them. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, out of 54,810 cases between January 2009 and July 2017, 42,825 settled out of court. The details of these settlements are private, and settlements like these often require affected employees to remain silent or face financial consequences.

Your employer may face consequences for misclassifying you

As a worker in Tennessee, you may face employee misclassification across many industries. Especially here in Nashville, where many small and mid-sized businesses rely on the constant influx of entertainers and others who are hoping to stake out their piece of Music City, many employers offer workers pitifully little in entry level jobs. They operate under the implication that if a worker does not care to deal with the terms of employment, then he or she can move along and be replaced with someone else who has rent to pay.

Discrimination hits more women in male-dominated jobs

Despite the gains women have made in labor force participation over the past several decades, female employees in male-dominated workplaces in Tennessee and across the country continue to report higher levels of on-the-job discrimination. A survey by Pew Research Center showed that women in workplaces with an unbalanced number of male and female employees reported very different experiences.

Court rules religion no exception to observing Title VII

Protections for Tennessee employees who are transgender may be stronger following a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. On March 7, the court held that an employer's religion is not an exception to Title VII that allows that employer to discriminate against an employee.

Ninety percent of sexual harassment cases unreported

Sexual harassment can be a serious concern and an all-too-frequent occurrence for workers in Tennessee and across the United States. Indeed, a 2016 report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that only 10 percent of employees subjected to sexual harassment on the job file an official complaint with the agency. Approximately 90 percent of people who have suffered workplace harassment do not file formal claims because they have a well-founded fear of retaliation in their workplace or concern that they will not be believed.

Sexual orientation employment discrimination outlawed

Employment rights of Tennessee workers could be expanding if the nation follows the lead of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal appeals court for New York, Connecticut and Vermont recently ruled that employers may no longer discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.

Sexual harassment claims drop among some, not all employees

Black and older women as well as people who work at larger companies in Tennessee and throughout the country may be more likely to report sexual harassment than young white women. Data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicates that while from 1997 to 2017 there was a drop from 16,000 to 9,600 in sexual harassment complaints, not all employees have benefited equally from this drop.

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