Media outlets in Tennessee and around the country often portray age discrimination in the workplace as an issue primarily affecting women, but a study published recently by a leading career website suggests that men are just as likely to face the problem. Fairygodboss polled 1,000 workers over the age of 40 about their workplace experiences, and more men than women told them that they had been rejected for a position they applied for because of their age.
Employers in Tennessee and around the country may face harsh criticism from media outlets, advocacy groups and the public when they do not take firm steps to address racial discrimination and harassment. This is the situation the Transportation Security Administration finds itself in following a recent incident at Miami International Airport. Two officers were placed on administrative leave after an offensive display, which was described as a noose by the local media, was discovered in a screening area. However, it is the agency's initial response to the incident that has drawn the most criticism.
Allegations of workplace discrimination or harassment can be extremely damaging, and employers in Tennessee and around the country often choose to settle these matters quickly and discretely to avoid protracted, costly and embarrassing litigation. According to media reports, Google has chosen to take this approach by agreeing to pay $11 million to settle a class action case. The lawsuit was filed by 227 people who say the California-based search giant discriminates against older employees and job seekers.
Domestic workers in Tennessee and throughout the country don't have the same anti-discrimination rights as other employees. This is because civil rights laws only apply to companies that have 15 or more workers.
Workers in Tennessee may experience religious discrimination on the job regardless of what their faith is. In some cases, they may experience this even if they identify as atheist. According to a study from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, 36% of respondents said that they were victims of religious intolerance or knew others who were. That translates to about 50 million Americans who have been disrespected at work because of their faith or lack of faith.
LGBT employees in Tennessee may be concerned about the outcome of three upcoming cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. At the same time, they may be heartened to receive the support of hundreds of major corporations in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the cases. On Oct. 8, the high court is expected to hear oral arguments in the three cases stemming from decisions by federal appeals courts in New York, Cincinnati and Chicago. The courts in those cases ruled that gay, lesbian and transgender workers were protected against discrimination under existing federal civil rights laws prohibiting sex discrimination.
Two separate lawsuits have been filed against WeWork by two former company executives, alleging gender and age discrimination. Discriminatory actions by companies in Tennessee may give employees causes of action. A 62-year-old man who was once a WeWork vice president says the company discriminated against him because of his age just after he started to work there. He came on board with WeWork when the company acquired a portion of a construction company that he was then a part of.
Many LGBTQ workers in Tennessee might nod their heads in agreement when they learn about the findings of a survey conducted by Glassdoor, an online workplace review site. Out of the 6,104 adults who responded to the survey, 47% believed that revealing their sexual orientation or gender identity at work could damage their careers. These people worried about missing out on promotions, being sidelined from projects, or outright job termination.
Some Tennessee employees may be aware that they are usually protected against workplace harassment that is based on such qualities as race, national origin or religion. In South Carolina, a 57-year-old man who was a quality inspector with Boeing says he was subject to racial harassment at work and that when he complained about it, the company retaliated against him.
Job seekers in Tennessee are legally protected against many types of discrimination that could prevent them from gaining employment. These protections extend to current and former military members. However, job-related discrimination against veterans isn't always as obvious as refusing to rehire a veteran after they serve. It may also involve subtle actions, such as recruiters not considering equivalent military experience like driving complex military vehicles or serving in a leadership role in combat situations.