Age discrimination is a topic that is concerning to both employees and employers in Minnesota. A recent article noted that this type of discrimination may in fact be the biggest challenge that employers will face in the coming years. This is particularly true when one considers the gradual aging of the American workforce, and how long the so-called "baby boomers" will want to work.
Discrimination can come in many different forms in the workplace. Race and gender discrimination are probably the most commonly known basis for lawsuits, so our readers may not realize that discrimination can also occur based on a worker's age.
There are many employees in Minnesota who are placed in a position of trust, none more so than those who are responsible for taking care of other people's money. Workers who manage pension accounts are subject to the protections of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as "ERISA." But, when ERISA violations occur, can whistleblower protections help?
When most people think of discrimination occurring in the workplace, they probably think of discrimination based on race, gender or disability. Some people may not realize that workers in Minnesota may also face discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
Many of our readers likely saw the news a few weeks ago about President Trump submitting his first budget to Congress. There were many different aspects of the proposed budget that were applauded or criticized. However, in general, there is quite a bit of funding cuts and administrative changes proposed.
There are hundreds of ways that we as people can suffer a disability, but that does not mean that we have to cease working. Since 1990, Americans have enjoyed the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which compels employers to make reasonable accommodation for an employee with a disability so that they can remain in the workforce.
When employees in Minnesota have years of experience at their job, many employers will view that as a valuable resource. These employees know how the business works, they know who to contact in certain situations and they can pass on that knowledge as they train new employees. However, as is true in other situations involving race, gender or disabilities, it is not unheard of for some employers to discriminate against employees based on their age.
Affirmative action can be a pretty hot topic, politically speaking. However, while there may be a growing acceptance of affirmative action, the reality is that many people in Minnesota and elsewhere probably still don't know too much about this policy and how it can come into play when employment discrimination occurs.