Blatant discrimination at work is usually easy to identify. However, microaggressions, which are smaller, yet still hurtful, slights aimed at minority workers, are much harder to pin down. Even if the worker has a completely valid claim about poor behavior, it can be difficult to communicate the issue to others. This is especially true for the person responsible for the slight, who might be coming from an ignorant, yet well-intentioned place. CNBC offers the following examples of microaggressions and how employees can deal with them.
Dress and grooming codes are work are quite common. Some employers dictate that workers can't dye their hair certain colors or must wear a specific uniform to retain employment. While in many cases these codes of conduct are legal, employers do walk a fine line. Some rules can be construed as discriminatory when certain factors are in place. Being able to understand what is and isn't permissible is important for workers, as explained by WorkplaceFairness.org.
Sexual harassment is not only unlawful, it also creates a hostile working environment. It's incumbent upon management to take the proper steps to discourage sexual harassment and to help workers who make complaints about improper behavior. The Balance offers the following information to help business owners, as well as employees, address this contentious issue.
Federal law stipulates that new mothers must have time for nursing breaks at work. It's important for women to understand their rights in this case, especially if they've been violated and steps must be taken to hold an employer accountable. The Office on Women's Health offers the following guidelines so you can rest assured your rights are being honored.
We have covered many facets of employment law, from discrimination to workplace injuries and other challenges that people may face while on the job. However, wage and hour violations should not be overlooked either, and many workers have been mistreated when it comes to the denial of overtime pay. If your employer has refused to pay you for overtime when you were legally entitled to payments, it is pivotal to take action swiftly. Unfortunately, many employers have been allowed to get away with this behavior, which is completely unacceptable.
As an older person seeking employment in West Virginia, you may find that your age and the extent of your experience ultimately hinder, rather than help, you. While you may assume that, the more experience you have, the more of an asset you are to an employer, some employers feel differently and opt to hire younger, less experienced workers who they can pay less than their older colleagues. At the Grubb Law Group, we recognize that there are certain laws in place that prevent employers from discriminating against workers aged 40 years and older, and we have helped many victims of age discrimination in the workplace pursue appropriate recourse.
From religious discrimination to mistreatment based upon an employee's age, there are all sorts of ways in which discrimination takes place in workplaces across the country. Some employees and job applicants do not realize that other types of discrimination are against the law as well, such as discrimination based upon an employee's pregnancy. Someone who is pregnant may be turned down for a job in an unlawful manner, or they may be fired or subjected to unlawful discrimination while working for a company after their pregnancy became evident. Sadly, this can have a detrimental impact on an employee's state of mind and their future, in various ways.
Few people in Charleston ever anticipate needing to take extended time away from work (other than perhaps a week or so for a vacation). Yet an accident or the sudden onset of an illness could require that one take weeks off to recover. Employees can take comfort in knowing that if they are forced to leave work for an extended period for medical or personal reasons, the Family and Medical Leave Act ensures that their employment will not end due to their absence (indeed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 13 percent of all eligible employees have taken such leave during the last 12 months). Yet will the same job be waiting for one when they return?
All throughout the south and including in West Virginia, Walmart has long been a popular brand and store for area residents. One of the hallmarks of Walmart has been that it has provided many great employment opportunities for people at all levels. The strong employment history of Walmart includes providing ample jobs for people with disabilities. This, however, may be set to change and is causing some serious controversy for the mega-retailer.
Federal laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act are in place to ensure that all American workers have the opportunity to work in a safe, humane environment for a fair wage. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission recently brought a lawsuit against four West Virginia-based staffing agencies, accusing them violating these federal regulations by subjecting Latino workers that they recruited to work in an Alabama poultry processing plant to abusive and discriminatory treatment.