April 2019 Archives

Don’t forget to take these steps after a car accident

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.

AG responds to concerns about LGBTQ discrimination

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.

Microsoft dealing with complaints about sexual harassment

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.

How workplace rumors affect harassment and discrimination

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.

Widespread fear of age discrimination among older workers

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.

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