January 2019 Archives

Discrimination in occupations usually filled by opposite sex

Any qualified individual in Tennessee has the right to apply for an available job regardless of whether or not that occupation is traditionally associated with certain genders or perceived gender traits. Yet there's research suggesting both men and women face workplace discrimination when applying for positions commonly held by individuals of the opposite sex. For instance, a man applying for a housekeeping job is less likely to be called back for an interview than a woman applying for the same position.

Insurance company faces a lawsuit from 18 former agents

Tennessee workers may have some understanding of age discrimination in the workplace. They may also have some understanding of the difference between independent contractors and employees. According to a lawsuit from 18 former agents for Farmers Insurance, the company took clients away from older workers and gave them to younger agents. Furthermore, the suit claims that the employees were labeled as independent contractors as opposed to employees.

Inadequate product testing causes recalls, crashes and injuries

Companies that develop consumer goods and products are often so eager to get new items to market that they don't always do adequate research or testing. The end result for failure to test products properly or ensure manufacturing quality is often a recall. Recalls happen when companies advise both the government and consumers that a product may have safety issues.

Tech employees protest arbitration for workplace discrimination

Some employees in Tennessee may discover that their terms of employment will force them to enter into arbitration if they have complaints about workplace discrimination. This practice is especially pervasive in the technology sector, which is why a group of employee activists at Google has organized a social media protest to criticize forced arbitration. They say the practice gives employers the advantage and tends to reduce settlements for wrongdoing.

Former Blizzard employee complains of racial harassment

For many people in the gaming world in Tennessee, working at Blizzard is a career goal. However, several developers and former employees at the video game company have come forward to discuss incidents of racial discrimination, harassment and abuse. One former employee said that he has complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about his experience at the firm. He said that he was subjected to racial abuse while working with the company's "Hearthstone" game's e-sports unit through grueling, lengthy shifts.

Employees can seek help in discrimination cases

Employers in Tennessee are required by law to provide certain protections to their employees. Among the required protections is a safe work environment that's free from workplace discrimination and harassment. Employers are prohibited from discriminating based on sex, religion, race, national origin, color, pregnancy, age and other factors. For employees who believe they have experienced or are experiencing discrimination in the workplace, there are steps that can be taken.

Employers, employees can take steps to combat harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace has taken a prominent position in the news stories of Tennessee and the rest of the country. Former CEO of the CBS Corporation Les Moonves was denied an exit payment of $120 million after the company determined he had been misleading regarding sexual misconduct allegations. Employers have an obligation to deal with discrimination in the workplace and to ensure employees are provided a safe place to work. In addition, employees should not be afraid to stand up for themselves and assert their rights.

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