September 2018 Archives

Southwest Airlines sued over breakroom for whites only

Tennessee frequent flyers might be interested in news about a racial discrimination lawsuit that has been filed against Southwestern Airlines. The lawsuit was filed by a former employee who claims that the airline allowed some employees to set up a whites-only break room at an airport where he worked. He also says that he was fired from his job for an infraction that was also committed by white employees, but they were not fired.

How older women can report hiring or workplace discrimination

While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people in Tennessee and other states against discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex and national origin, it's the Age Discrimination in Employment Act that offers protection against discrimination due to age. Because of this separation, individuals filing discrimination charges have to determine which type of discrimination applies most to their situation. This is sometimes a difficult choice for older women, nearly two-thirds of whom report having seen or experienced age-related discrimination at work according to an AARP survey.

5 causes of distracted driving

Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous, and part of the risk is that it takes many forms. People often do not realize just how distracted they are. Many of the risky activities are common things that it feels like everyone does, so people assume it's safe until it leads to an accident.

Sexual harassment in the broadcasting industry

Some people in Tennessee might be aware that the broadcasting industry has recently been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. However, media companies have been implicated in similar behavior in the past. A decade ago, Gawker and The New York Times reported on sexual harassment at Tribune Broadcasting. The company rewrote the employee handbook to excuse certain types of talk and jokes as not being harassment.

JPMorgan settles case for $24 million

JPMorgan has agreed to spend $24 million to settle a lawsuit from six black employees who alleged that there was systemic racism within the organization. Of the $24 million the company will pay, $4.5 million will go toward anti-bias training for employees in Tennessee and other states. The other $19.5 million is going to be split among 250 employees who either are or were associated with the company.

Survey seeks to determine how workers view sexual harassment

A survey from Hiscox aimed to find out more about how sexual harassment was viewed and dealt with by employees and companies alike. It found that more than 35 percent of respondents had been impacted by sexual harassment in some form. However, many cases in Tennessee and around the country were not reported. The most common reason for not reporting sexual harassment was a sense that doing so would result in a hostile workplace.

Age discrimination an enforcement priority

In 1967, Congress approved the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. It was intended to prevent age-related discrimination in the workplace. Workers' positions were to be based on merit and ability rather than age. This is an especially important protection for older workers in Tennessee and across the country, but courts have made it extremely difficult to apply the ADEA's protections. The EEOC has prioritized the enforcement of the act as the employment landscape changes in the post-recession era.

Protection for minors in Tennessee's labor laws

Minors who work in Tennessee are subject to child labor protections designed to keep young workers from being exploited. There are a number of exceptions to the law as well as prohibited occupations for people under the age of 18. Regulations also include various hour restrictions, especially for younger teens. For example, 14- and 15-year-olds may not work more than three hours a day or 18 hours a week when school is in session, even though they can work up to eight hours a day or 40 hours a week during school vacations.

How freelancers can prevent discrimination

Increasing numbers of people in Tennessee participate in the gig economy. While the work may be flexible, employment law offers freelancers almost no protection from discrimination and harassment. Antiquated laws currently ignore the needs of independent contractors, but freelancers can take the proactive steps of carefully vetting potential clients and using discriminatory behavior clauses in contracts.

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