No one likes to be teased. Many of our readers who have children have likely seen "anti-bullying" commercials when their kids are watching cartoons. In some workplaces, it seems like they should have the same message. And, in some cases, the teasing goes too far, especially when it comes to the type of teasing that is sexual in nature. So, how do our readers know whether or not they have been the subject of sexual harassment, or simple teasing?
Many of our readers in Minnesota may know that not every lawsuit that is filed will go to trial. In fact, the vast majority are disposed of in another manner, and settlement is one of the most common results to a lawsuit. Employment discrimination claims are particularly prone to settlement, which can be beneficial to all involved, as a settlement does away with the need to go through expensive and time-consuming litigation, and can also provide the injured party with the compensation he or she needs.
When most Minnesota residents get up and go to work in the morning, they aren't thinking about what they would do if they found out that their employer was breaking the law. For most people, they just want to do their job, do it well and provide for their family. But, what happens if you do find yourself in a position where you discover that your employer is violating the law? In this type of situation, it is important to know that you will likely be protected by the law if you inform the proper authorities about the illegal conduct.
Many of our readers have likely seen news reports about how the American workforce is aging. Indeed, the so-called, "baby boomer" generation is starting to reach retirement age. But, many older workers remain vital employees.
Workers in Minnesota and throughout the country are protected by the rules and regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, also known as the "ADA." Some of our readers may be familiar with many of these protections, including that employers cannot discriminate against employees or potential employees due to the person's disability. Further, employers are required to provide "reasonable accommodations" for an employee's disability. But, there are some common misconceptions that employees and employers alike may have when it comes to the requirements of the ADA.
Most people in Minnesota probably shake their heads when they hear news reports about sexual harassment occurring in a workplace. After all, haven't we, as a society, come further away than ever before from gender stereotypes and offensive behavior? Unfortunately, the answer is still "no." No matter how much we would like to think that things like sexual harassment at work have faded into the past, these incidents still occur.