It is 2017, and the gender pay gap continues to rob women across the country of the equal pay they deserve. While we can certainly deliberate about the cause of the unequal pay, it is difficult to deny its existence.
New Jersey has had laws protecting lawful marijuana users on the books since 2010, but new bills working their way through the legislature could add some muscle and clout behind the rights of employees who are treated unfairly because of medical marijuana use.
While it would be wonderful for racial discrimination to be a thing of the past, at least in the work place, that is far from the truth. If anything, many racially dangerous attitudes have emboldened again in recent months! Fortunately, federal law prohibits racial discrimination in the work place, but that does not make it easy to identify by any means.
Determining whether or not you faced a discriminatory firing is not always simple. Many people feel hurt and discriminated against, and being let go can always be an emotional experience. To further clarify whether or not your firing was discriminatory, it is helpful to ask yourself a number of questions about the situation.
The presidential election has given rise to discrimination in some surprising areas, emboldening individuals across many racial, religious, socioeconomic and political divides, among others, to berate those they see as dangerously different. While it is hopeful that this kind of discrimination would stay out of the workplace, that is surely hoping for too much. Some businesses are taking the opportunity to voice their disapproval of the president-elect in a surprisingly ironic way — by coming out against Trump supporters, and in some cases saying that the company does not wish to serve them or possibly even employ them.
Many of us would prefer to believe that discrimination in the workplace is a thing of the past, especially discrimination on such blatant grounds as race. Unfortunately, this dinosaur from a different era continues to find its way into our workplaces with frustrating frequency, no matter how out of place it may seem. Whenever there is an experience of racial discrimination, it should always be reported, but that is not always enough. Sometimes it is also necessary for the sake of justice and peace of mind to enlist the representation of a qualified attorney who is experienced in bringing down these workplace dinosaurs.
While it is a philosophy that in the U.S., justice always prevails, in reality, life isn't always that easy. Justice is hard to come by in various types of legal situations, including in a workers' rights situation in New Jersey.
With age comes wisdom. That's the theory, anyway. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of adults who seem to have avoided the maturation process. Bullying is often considered a problem among school-aged children. It is also a problem in countless workplaces, as adults who should have progressed beyond the juvenile behavior continue to harass, humiliate and accost the people around them. The law is evolving quickly to protect students from bullying behavior, but the progress has not been the same for adult victims. There may be options, however, to ensure that you are not bullied in the workplace.
The roles fathers have with newborn children has gradually changed over time. Nowadays, fathers are more involved with changing diapers, preparing food, bathing and comforting their young children. More importantly, more companies are recognizing the benefit (and fairness) offering paternity time; essentially time off for new fathers to establish a bond with their children directly after the birth.
While the U.S. economy appears to be adding more jobs this summer, the struggles that pregnant women have in finding (and keeping) jobs is largely ignored. Basically, not every employer wants to hire a pregnant woman. Additionally, some employers do not understand the rules that protect pregnant workers and prohibit certain actions against them. Because of this, it is important for pregnant workers to know their rights and be able to protect themselves against overzealous employers.