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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Can my employer keep me from discussing salary at work?

Many employers have surprisingly inaccurate ideas about what they can and cannot require of their employees, often placing guidelines into their employee handbooks or company policies that run contrary to the actual law of the land. In many, many instances, these violations of the law and of employees rights go unchecked because employees just assume that the employer knows what they're doing.

No, your boss can't fire you just because he or she dislikes you

Whenever a person experiences discrimination in the workplace, the reality of the matter is that it is very likely that he or she is not the only one experiencing such treatment. Individuals who discriminate often either don't realize the seriousness of their actions or believe that they are above consequences. Practically speaking, this means that you may have allies with similar experiences in your workplace who can help strengthen your claims of discrimination.

Do you face pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?

Of the many kinds of discrimination that women often face in the workplace, one of the most baffling is often discrimination because of a pregnancy. The kind of detachment necessary for an employer to punish or mistreat a pregnant employee simply because of the pregnancy is truly staggering. After all, each and every person alive throughout the world at any given moment is the product of a pregnancy. In many ways, there is hardly a more unifying human event than a pregnancy. Still, many women face unfair treatment in the workplace because a pregnancy, such as several employees in a New Jersey real estate group.

Religious discrimination and prayer in the workplace

How an employer treats inter-office communication can be an important factor in whether employees are singled out for discrimination. Invitations to join a religious gathering or join in a prayer for any reason could easily open the door for unlawful discrimination. The right to observe the religion of your choice, or refrain from joining in a religious observance that does not match your beliefs, is guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and under New Jersey law. If you are penalized or persecuted for your religious beliefs, your employer is violating the law.

Employers must respect pregnant employees

Discrimination in the workplace can take many faces, but one of the most frustrating and inexcusable is that brought against pregnant employees. Pregnancy discrimination is mind-bogglingly widespread, despite the fact that every person within a given company or agency also owes his or her life to pregnancy.

Woman allegedly fired for calling out racial discrimination

If you've worked in charity work or the nonprofit sector, then you probably know that even well-intentioned enterprises often suffer from the same bureaucratic breakdowns and discipline issues as many other sectors. Just because a particular organization is charitable does not necessarily mean that they treat employees fairly.

Can an employer fire someone for political reasons?

In recent months, the political conversation in America has grown very tense, and demonstrators have chosen to rally and protest a number of politically divisive issues. While this is an important part of the political process, it also creates a great deal of confusion about the boundaries of free speech and how exercising free speech may incur consequences. Clearly, these are very difficult things to discuss fairly and professionally, but are also important to understand.

AT&T faces age discrimination lawsuit

Usually, when the public discusses workplace discrimination, they are referring to some type of unfair treatment against a certain race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. However, while these are some of the most common types of discrimination in the workplace today, they are by no means the only types of discrimination that can occur. Communications giant AT&T recently received a class action lawsuit alleging that their new emphasis on staffing with technologically capable individuals operates on a discriminatory bias.

New Jersey Attorney General's Office accused of discrimination

Workplace discrimination can happen in any workplace, regardless of the industry or sector. This was recently demonstrated right here in New Jersey as three attorneys general filed claims against the Attorney General's Office, accusing officials there of systematic discrimination toward African-American employees.

Is workplace bullying legal?

If you work in a professional space, then you have probably experienced unkind treatment at one point or another. While a great fuss gets made about workplace harassment, where do you draw the line between actual discrimination and a coworker or superior simply being a mean, bullying person?

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