workplace discrimination Archives

Retalition is most common EEOC complaint

The number of Tennessee residents filing employment claims for civil rights violations dropped in 2017 according to the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws against workplace discrimination. Numbers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Agency, or EEOC, show that 2,640 Volunteer State claims were filed in fiscal year 2017, which ended in September. That number is down from prior years and tracks national numbers, which also declined in volume across the board. The agency reports having helped recover $398 million for claimants in 2017, which is $84 million less than in 2016.

How employers should treat pregnant workers

If an employee is pregnant or has just given birth, an employer may not use that as the basis for a hiring or employment decision. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act covers workers in Tennessee and around the country, and a violation of the PDA is considered sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The overall takeaway is that pregnant workers must be treated in a similar manner to others who are dealing with health issues.

How workers can adapt as they age

At one point, employers looked at older employees as bastions of knowledge and wisdom. Today, they may be seen as weak and ineffective. For some older workers in Tennessee companies, it may be possible to avoid the negative perceptions that employers may have about them. In fact, there may be some steps that may be taken to counter the belief that older workers are ineffective or not qualified to do a job.

Transgender woman sues employer for harassment and retaliation

Transgender people in Tennessee might relate to the workplace experiences of a Sam's Club employee suing the company for wrongful termination. Court filings for the person, who now lives as a woman, detailed her story of harassment within a hostile workplace.

Study looks at workplace gender discrimination

Female employees in Tennessee and around the country may be more likely than their male counterparts to experience gender discrimination in the workplace according to a study by the Pew Research Center. The study found that 42 percent of women reported gender discrimination at work compared to 22 percent of men.

Transgender woman awarded $1.1 million in discrimination case

Tennessee residents might be interested in learning that a transgender professor has won a $1.1 million verdict award for gender discrimination. The professor was hired by Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004 in a tenure-track position as an assistant English professor while she was still presenting as a man.

Job discrimination prevalent among LGBT community

The findings of a survey from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights indicated that transgender people face a high level of job discrimination in Tennessee and elsewhere. A representative from the commission said that nearly every transgender worker responding to the survey reported unfair treatment and harassment in the workplace.

One-third of Native Americans experience workplace discrimination

Tennessee readers may be interested to learn that approximately one-third of Native Americans report experiencing workplace discrimination based on their race or ethnicity, according to a new survey. The survey was conducted on behalf of National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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.

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