workplace discrimination Archives

Age discrimination commonplace and growing say EEOC and AARP

People in Tennessee workplaces might notice changes in how they are treated as they age. A survey from the American Association for Retired Persons and data collected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicate that age discrimination is commonplace. It results in problems like harassment and discriminatory firings.

Emotional distress and workplace discrimination

People in Tennessee who face sexual harassment or workplace discrimination can suffer emotional damages as well as the financial losses that come from an unjust dismissal or refusal of a promotion or job opportunity. Under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, victims of these types of injustice in the workplace may be able to recover compensatory damages for their emotional distress suffered as a result.

Ways to combat age discrimination at work

According to a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, age discrimination is still occurring despite the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The law prevents employers in Tennessee and throughout the country from discriminating based on age against those who are 40 or older. Acts that could be considered discriminatory include mandatory retirement policies, improper termination and improper hiring practices. In addition to EEOC enforcement, 49 states have their own law to protect against age discrimination at work.

Workplace bullying could be illegal discrimination

Workers in Tennessee who face bullying or intimidation on the job may wonder what kind of action they can take to put an end to the mistreatment on the job. In some cases, affected workers may try to remain silent, hoping that a lack of reaction will cause the bullies to lose interest or that another person will notice the issue and step in. In other cases, workers may attempt to file a complaint, but they can be concerned about the threat of retaliation and further abuse.

Workplaces evolving on their views of transgender workers

Members of Tennessee's transgender community could face discrimination in the working world. According to a 2015 study from the National Center for Transgender Identity, 25 percent of respondents said that being transgender caused problems at work. Specifically, those respondents said that they were denied a promotion or fired because of their orientation. To help transgender individuals find work, a job fair has been held by MetroHealth hospital in Cleveland.

Veterans with certain discharge statuses may face discrimination

Transitioning from a military to civilian career may be challenging for any veteran. However, when a service member was discharged for committing a minor offense, it's often even more difficult for him or her to secure a good job. Employers in Tennessee sometimes use veteran status as a way to filter applicants for open positions. When the job requires that veterans have been honorably discharged, certain former service members might be unfairly disqualified due to no fault of their own.

Facebook job ad filters subject of age discrimination lawsuit

Older job seekers in Tennessee might be less likely to see ads on Facebook for open positions according to allegations in a federal class-action lawsuit filed by the Communications Workers of America. The amended court filings for the union accuse Facebook of enabling companies that want to discriminate against older workers with age filters on ads. The lawsuit names large companies, including Inc., Cox Communications Inc., T-Mobile and Ikea as defendants.

AT&T Mobility sued for pregnancy discrimination

AT&T Mobility employees in Tennessee may be interested to learn that two women filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that they were terminated for pregnancy-related absences. The lawsuit said that terminating them for this reason was a violation of the nation's federal anti-discrimination laws.

Fox News to pay $10 million to settle discrimination lawsuits

Tennessee residents may be aware that Fox News became mired in a sexual harassment controversy after Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit in July 2016 accusing the network's former CEO Roger Ailes of making unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances toward her. The ensuing media storm led to a precipitous ratings drop, prompting the network to oust Ailes and sever ties with some of its most popular figures. Media outlets reported on May 16 that 21st Century Fox has agreed to pay about $10 million to settle workplace discrimination lawsuits filed by 18 former Fox News workers.

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