Sexual harassment has been in the news quite a bit lately. It seems that the revelations about one particular Hollywood movie producer's behavior have opened the floodgates for allegations of sexual harassment - and even assault - from the movie and television stars whose work we all enjoy. The news makes it apparent that the workplace for those on the West Coast can be a hostile environment.
Most people are highly appreciative of the hard work and dedication it takes to be a teacher in America. We all know that these jobs are underfunded and highly scrutinized, so it takes a special type of person to be willing to be a teacher. And, when teachers try to help their students and the school districts they work for, they should be applauded, not punished. But, according to a recent report, one such teacher from Minnesota did not receive a positive result for his efforts.
Gender discrimination can be the result of several different types of illegal conduct on the part of an employer. For instance, an employer may hire a male instead of a female for a position that they are both qualified for, just because of the difference in gender. Or, an employer may assign a male employee to a certain task over a female employee, simply because of a perceived difference in their competence level based on gender. And, in one of the most common instances of gender discrimination, an employer may pay employees differently just because of their gender, even if they are doing the same job, at the same place, requiring the same types of job skills.
In Minnesota workplaces, an illegal but all too common problem is employees being forced to choose between religious faithfulness and keeping their jobs.
Many of our readers are familiar with some of the basics functions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from reading previous posts here. In essence, the EEOC investigates claims of discrimination in workplaces throughout the country, including in Minnesota. Disability discrimination is just one area the EEOC focuses on.
Anyone who even glimpses at a news channel these days will likely see a story about police officers, race relations and political views. It seems that these topics are inexhaustible sources of controversy. So, when some of these areas get mixed together, it can sometimes result in legal action.
When most people in the Minneapolis area think of employee rights, they probably think of legal cases involving claims of sexual harassment or discrimination. This is understandable. Cases across the nation that involve these types of allegations can be high-profile, putting employers on the spot to explain the illegal discrimination that is occurring in the workplace. But, employees have many other rights as well. And they should know what they are.