Workers in many industries throughout Tennessee might worry about age discrimination, but the concern is especially prevalent among people in the technology sector. A survey conducted by the job website Indeed.com asked 1,011 technology professionals about their attitudes toward age and the possibility of discrimination. Responses from people with work experience averaging 15 years and 9 months showed that 43 percent of them worried about job loss due to their age.
Employers in Tennessee and throughout the country are supposed to allow mothers to take time to breastfeed. Mothers who need to pump milk are generally entitled to breaks to do so in a private area. However, employers don't always provide accommodations to those who need them. In some cases, workers are terminated for complaining about breastfeeding discrimination in their workplaces. This can have many negative repercussions for female workers such as jeopardizing their financial security.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has issued a ruling that excludes job candidates from the protections created by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Although this court does not impact Tennessee, the decision reveals a weakness in the laws meant to protect people over 40 from age discrimination. The panel of judges believed that the law only applied to a company's existing employees and not job candidates in regard to disparate impact.
Many people view employment at the General Motors plant in Tennessee, but racial discrimination can taint even good jobs. A lawsuit representing nine current and former employees of one of the company's facilities alleges that the African-American workers suffered racial intimidation at the hands of white co-workers. Court documents claim that GM did not adequately respond to complaints about civil rights violations.
Any qualified individual in Tennessee has the right to apply for an available job regardless of whether or not that occupation is traditionally associated with certain genders or perceived gender traits. Yet there's research suggesting both men and women face workplace discrimination when applying for positions commonly held by individuals of the opposite sex. For instance, a man applying for a housekeeping job is less likely to be called back for an interview than a woman applying for the same position.
Tennessee workers may have some understanding of age discrimination in the workplace. They may also have some understanding of the difference between independent contractors and employees. According to a lawsuit from 18 former agents for Farmers Insurance, the company took clients away from older workers and gave them to younger agents. Furthermore, the suit claims that the employees were labeled as independent contractors as opposed to employees.
Some employees in Tennessee may discover that their terms of employment will force them to enter into arbitration if they have complaints about workplace discrimination. This practice is especially pervasive in the technology sector, which is why a group of employee activists at Google has organized a social media protest to criticize forced arbitration. They say the practice gives employers the advantage and tends to reduce settlements for wrongdoing.
For many people in the gaming world in Tennessee, working at Blizzard is a career goal. However, several developers and former employees at the video game company have come forward to discuss incidents of racial discrimination, harassment and abuse. One former employee said that he has complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about his experience at the firm. He said that he was subjected to racial abuse while working with the company's "Hearthstone" game's e-sports unit through grueling, lengthy shifts.
Employers in Tennessee are required by law to provide certain protections to their employees. Among the required protections is a safe work environment that's free from workplace discrimination and harassment. Employers are prohibited from discriminating based on sex, religion, race, national origin, color, pregnancy, age and other factors. For employees who believe they have experienced or are experiencing discrimination in the workplace, there are steps that can be taken.
Employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees or potential employees on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Some signs of racial discrimination are surprisingly apparent, but in many cases, the signs are subtler.