The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission handed down a decision against seven companies that had been posting discriminatory job advertisements on Facebook. Discrimination complaints were filed in 2018 alleging that 66 companies had been posting Facebook ads that were only visible to men and young workers. The people who filed the complaints claimed that the ads were discriminatory toward older workers and women. Tennessee employers may be interested to learn that the EEOC ruled against seven of the companies, with most of the other cases still pending.
In Tennessee and across the United States, workplace issues are gaining more attention. With the increased scrutiny, many workers have become emboldened to speak out about their employee rights. While harassment is one of the most common topics, there are other problematic and pervasive issues such as workplace discrimination. New reports indicated that gender discrimination has been a problem at Walmart, the world's largest private employer.
When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determines that a federal government agency has harmed a Tennessee worker with unlawful discrimination, it could order the employer to provide relief to the victim. The law expects relief to make the victim whole by returning the person to a state as close as possible to that which existed prior to discrimination. A worker might collect financial as well as non-financial awards.
Many women working in the veterinary field in Tennessee and other states are facing discrimination. Despite the fact that women outnumber men in this field, females are less likely to occupy positions in the higher reaches of the profession.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the federal agency charged with enforcing workplace discrimination laws in Tennessee and across the country. An analysis of EEOC cases filed between 1997 and 2018, though, indicates that the agency is less effective than it might be in enforcing those laws. An administrative services outsourcer, Paychex, Inc., conducted the study and found that the EEOC did not act regarding 87% of the nearly 1.9 million complaints filed during the 21 years through 2018.
Employers in Tennessee and around the country often face a public backlash as well as possible legal sanctions following allegations of workplace discrimination or harassment. The California-based video game developer Riot Games appears to have taken steps to mitigate such a backlash by settling a class-action lawsuit filed by several of its female workers. The lawsuit, which was filed in November 2018, accused the company of nurturing a misogynistic work environment and violating the California Equal Pay Act.
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.