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An Understanding Of Sexual Harassment Is Important

There are too many problems in the world to be passionate about them all. It is only natural that some societal problems will simply escape public notice until an event draws our attention. Anyone working in employment law is well aware of gender-based inequality. The recent attention given to high-profile cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other misconduct by men in politics, entertainment and business may, hopefully, bring about change.

Are Human Resources Departments Useless, Or Actively Harmful?

Many people who find themselves the victim of sexual harassment or workplace discrimination are reluctant to report it to human resources. HR departments are, ostensibly, the right place to direct complaints about mistreatment. In reality, many of these departments work to protect executives from the consequences of their actions. Reporting a complaint to HR often leads nowhere. If action is taken, it's as likely to lead to retaliation against the victim as it is action against the perpetrator.

Unsafe driving in New Jersey school zones

Bad driving is a threat to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on roads all over the nation. Motor vehicle accidents claim tens of thousands of lives a year. Recently, there has been an uptick in fatal accidents per mile driven. Driving safety appears to be on the decline.

The sexist view of sexual harassment

It is not difficult to find questionable, or even insulting advice online about how to avoid being accused of sexual harassment. The notion that someone can find themselves the "accidental" perpetrator of harassment is ridiculous. It is not a fine line between appropriate interactions and sexual harassment. Harassment is unquestionably disgusting behavior and the individuals who perpetrate it, as well as employers who tolerate it are clearly in the wrong.

No leave to discriminate

When it comes to parental leave, the U.S. lags far behind other developed countries in terms of employee rights. American employers are required to provide woefully little to employees who have children. Despite the paucity of parental leave rights, companies still find ways to run afoul of the law in establishing their policies. In many cases, the failure comes from an antiquated view of what family life really is.

Are attentive drivers the minority?

According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle deaths have risen by 14 percent since 2014. The reasons for the increase are a matter of significant discussion among safety experts. The most common culprits discussed are increasing traffic congestion, more speeding and a rise in distracted driving. Part of the discussion is whether one of the tools used to curb distracted driving deaths may actually be contributing to them.

Employment discrimination by appearance

Employers are allowed to conduct themselves in any number of horrible ways. Some employers regularly make stupid decisions when it comes to work policies, hiring and firing decisions and more. The law does not protect workers from every bad decision made by an incompetent boss. The law does, however, protect employees who are denied overtime, or who are harassed, bullied or discriminated against for a protected reason.

The outsized impact of smart phones on safe driving

The right way to handle smart phones has eluded lawmakers and safety experts for some time. The devices went from novel to ubiquitous relatively quickly. In 2016, 77 percent of Americans owned a smart phone. Many of those Americans cannot or do not resist the temptation to use their phones while driving. Recent research suggests that even drivers who lay their phones aside when they drive might still be at an increased risk of getting into an accident.

Employment Discrimination And Pregnancy

Women face levels of workplace harassment and employment abuses that most men simply don't understand. Even basic concepts like "equal pay for equal work" are routinely violated by employers. Sexual harassment, the glass ceiling, discriminatory dress codes and other practices serve to hold women back from equal participation in the workforce. A recent case highlighted another form of discrimination that some female employees are forced to reckon with: pregnancy discrimination.

What Does Age Discrimination Look Like?

In an ideal workplace, every employee is valued based on their knowledge, skills, and work ethic. Unfortunately, not all workplaces operate that way. Workplace discrimination is all too common, and can rear its ugly head in a variety of ways.

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