August 2018 Archives

Company is sued for gender discrimination

Workers in Tennessee who are concerned about workplace discrimination may be interested to learn that Nike is facing a lawsuit filed by four female employees. The suit is among the first filed against the athletic apparel company since multiple complaints regarding bullying and pay discrepancies were published in early 2018.

Addressing and correcting gender-bias issues in the workplace

The #MeToo movement has sparked a dialog about sexual harassment in workplaces throughout Tennessee and across the country. It's a movement that has broadened to include discussions about all forms of sexual discrimination in the workplace, including so-called "micro-inequities." These are subtle gender-based biases that are often difficult to prove. Such instances can include spotlighting achievements of male workers and downplaying similar efforts by female employees. Body language, vocal tone and gestures can also be part of less obvious forms of gender-bias.

Spinal cord injuries can result from major motor vehicle crashes

Traveling at high speeds in a box made of metal and glass is a risky activity. It only takes crossing paths with the wrong person for your trip to turn into a tragedy. Far too many people get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Other people choose to engage with their cellphones instead of focusing on the road. Some people are just too tired to drive safely.

AARP survey says workplace age discrimination is common

According to a survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons, more than 90 percent of workers at least 45 years of age said they thought age discrimination was common. People in Tennessee work into their 50s and 60s to make money and lead fulfilling lives, but they sometimes encounter discrimination at the workplace based on age. More than 61 percent of the people surveyed by the AARP said they'd personally experienced or seen age discrimination occur.

How harassment impacts health care workers

Roughly 25 percent of nurses and related professionals have experienced or seen instances of sexual harassment in the last three years. That was according to a 2018 report from Medscape. A survey of over 6,200 clinicians listed several acts that qualified as sexual harassment, including comments about a person's body or being asked out on a date repeatedly.

Showbiz writers experience sexual harassment on the job

Women throughout Tennessee and across the country have spoken out about sexual harassment on the job. Workplace harassment can happen in all kinds of job settings, from warehouses to factories to corporate plazas. In one such example, a survey of 2,000 members of the Writers Guild of America West found that 64 percent of female writers reported experiencing harassment in the workplace at some point during their careers. In addition, they noted that a large portion of these experiences took place inside the writers' room.

FEMA personnel officer accused of sexual harassment

Residents of Tennessee might associate the Federal Emergency Management Agency with disaster areas, but new allegations point to a disastrous work environment. Complaints against a former FEMA personnel officer who occupied a high position within the human resources department reveal a workplace where he doled out jobs to women who granted him sexual favors.

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