By now many of our readers have probably seen the reports - many in national news columns - about the ongoing issues surrounding former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly has been at the center of a sexual harassment firestorm at the cable news network, one that recently resulted in his departure from Fox News.
Discrimination in the workplace occurs for many different reasons, as our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know. The good news is that many forms of discrimination are against the law, which means that Minnesota residents who have been subjected to employment discrimination may have legal recourse under various state and federal laws. When it comes to disability discrimination, workers in Minnesota are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, or "ADA."
There aren't many people who pay close attention to court rulings, but many of our readers probably saw the news about a holding in a case in the Seventh Circuit federal court of appeals that could affect those who have concerns about employment discrimination. The holding was the first of its kind in all American courts, and could lead to a review by the Supreme Court of the United States.
America boasts religious freedom for people of every faith, and claims to protect people's right to freely practice whatever faith they choose. Unfortunately, the reality of the matter is that many people often find that their employer either actively disdains their chosen faith or refuses to properly accommodate their practice.
It is never a pleasant thing to be fired from a job. It can be a blackmark on a person's résumé, and there will likely be no professional references from that job. However, not all terminations of employment are legal. In some cases, the reason for a person's dismissal from a job could violate certain areas of employment law. When that is the case, a wrongful termination claim might be an option.
Most of our readers know that there are laws in place to protect employees in America. One of the most important laws is the Fair Labor Standards Act, or "FLSA." So, what is the Fair Labor Standards Act and what does it have to do with employee rights in Minnesota?
Most people probably expect their workplace to be fairly routine on a day-to-day basis. So, when an employee finds out that the employer has engaged in illegal activity, it can be quite a surprise. The illegal activity could be something like purposefully failing to pay wages that are owed, falsifying official documents or even hiring undocumented workers. Principled employees who find themselves in this type of situation make the right move: inform the appropriate authorities.