The Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases that may answer the question of whether or not LGBT workers are protected by Title VII. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers against discrimination based on sex. However, it is unclear whether that covers sexual orientation or those who are transgender. Some courts have granted that protection while others have not yet ruled.
Workers in Tennessee and across the country continue to face serious problems with sexual harassment on the job. Even those responsible for making the laws against workplace harassment have been involved in alleged incidents of sexual misconduct and unwanted advances. For example, reports indicate that members of the U.S. Congress have sexually harassed cleaning and janitorial staff working the night shift and cleaning their offices, while attempts to impose sexual harassment training and prevention standards were diverted.
Going to work in Tennessee can become difficult for people who experience discrimination and harassment on the job. New legislation proposed by Democratic Senator Patty Murray could improve workplace protections and promote policies to prevent the mistreatment of employees. According to the senator's summary of the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would need to develop prevention strategies and make specific recommendations for industries known to have harassment and discrimination problems.
A car accident is not anyone's ideal way to start the day, but it does happen. Imagine that you are on your way to work in Brentwood, with only one more block to go when a car comes out of nowhere and hits you. Like most people, you probably know the basic steps to take after a car wreck. Check for injuries, call the police, exchange insurance information and get witness statements.
Federal employees in Tennessee received some promising news about workplace discrimination when Attorney General William Barr agreed to address the concerns brought forward by DOJ Pride. The group promotes the needs of workers at the U.S. Department of Justice who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. In response to a letter from the group, Barr issued an order calling for an investigation of discrimination allegations at the FBI and Bureau of Prisons.
Workers in Tennessee who have experienced workplace discrimination might find the allegations about widespread sexual harassment at Microsoft Corporation familiar. An email chain that circulated among Microsoft employees has detailed multiple complaints about mistreatment and dismissal of women's complaints. Over 90 pages of email messages have become public, and senior leadership at the company plans to investigate the problems.
Rumors about the sexual activities of people at the workplace can be grounds for harassment or discrimination lawsuits. According to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, an employer can be liable for sex discrimination claims by not stopping false rumors about an employee sleeping with a person in management. If this precedent is not reversed by the Supreme Court, it will continue to impact companies in Tennessee and all other states.
Tennessee members of the baby boom generation are maintaining their health and living longer than previous generations, but age discrimination could derail their career prospects. A survey from AARP found that two-thirds of workers between 45 and 74 had been the target of age discrimination or witnessed it.