workplace discrimination Archives

Tesla the subject of multiple discrimination lawsuits

Tennesseans have rights to not suffer discrimination and harassment at their jobs based on their protected characteristics. Despite the federal and state laws that protect workers, some still are the victims of illegal workplace discrimination and harassment. When they are, they might have the grounds to file lawsuits against their employers.

How disability discrimination costs workers and employers

Some people in Tennessee with disabilities might not have informed their employers about their conditions. A study conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation found that only 21 percent of people with disabilities told human resources about them while fewer than 40 percent let their managers know.

The fight goes on against racial discrimination

Earlier this year, a study showed that in the 50 years since interracial marriage became legal across the United States, the share of marriages that unite couples of differing races or ethnicities has risen dramatically. Once forbidden, marital unions combining races and ethnicities now comprise 17 percent of all  marriages. While interracial marriages are no longer uncommon in Nashville and many other cities and towns across the country, they are not accepted everywhere.

Disability discrimination lawsuit against Home Depot

Tennessee workers who require reasonable accommodations from an employer to deal with a disability may be interested to learn that a lawsuit was filed on Sept. 28 against Home Depot for failing to offer such accommodation to an employee. According to the lawsuit, an employee who suffers from irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia requested a short break to attend to her medical condition and was refused.

Dealing with blatant and subtle signs of ageism

Employers in Tennessee and throughout the country could be engaging in ageism and not even realize it. It is also possible for older workers themselves to engage in this practice. However, treating employees differently based on their age could result in the loss of experienced employees who may be a wealth of knowledge to a company. While this may harm any company, the loss of talented workers can especially be harmful to smaller businesses.

Research suggests that racism remains a serious hiring issue

Tennessee residents may believe that racism in the workplace is not as prevalent today as it was in years past, but a review of 28 studies into the issue conducted over the last quarter century suggests that black and Latino job applicants in the United States continue to face widespread discrimination. The studies reviewed by researchers from Harvard and Northwestern Universities and the Institute of Social Research in Norway included data on more than 55,000 job seekers who had applied for more than 26,000 positions.

DACA employees cannot be fired immediately

Some Tennessee businesses may find themselves affected by the coming end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. While some concern is understandable, it may be advisable for employers to remain cautious and avoid taking impulsive action against DACA recipients. The Center for American Progress estimates that as many as 700,000 people are currently active in the workforce under DACA permits.

African-American women face significant pay gap

Some African-American women in Tennessee may have experienced even greater disparities in pay than all women do as a group compared to men. In order to make the same amount of money that the average white, non-Hispanic man makes in 12 months, a black woman must work for 19 months. Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which fell on July 31, is an effort to raise awareness about this pay gap.

The growing age discrimination class-action against Google

Tennessee residents may be interested in the latest information about the class-action lawsuit against Google that accuses the company of age discrimination. The case now involves 269 people who claim they were the target of such behavior.

LGBT community loses the support of Justice Department

The LGBT community may no longer have the support of the executive branch of the federal government. A recent action by the Justice Department may have far reaching effects throughout the country as well as in Williamson County, Tennessee.

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