Most employees in Minnesota go to work every day just to do their jobs - do them well - and then go home to their families. They don't usually think about the many different laws that are in place to protect employees and their rights. Previous posts here have mentioned many of these laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the laws that protect employees from various forms of discrimination. But, there is one law that many people aren't familiar with: the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, commonly known as "ERISA."
Many of our readers in Minnesota have probably seen the many different reports concerning allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination taking place at Fox News, one of the cable news giants in America. However, a recent report suggests that Fox News isn't the only media company with an employment discrimination problem on its hands.
It can be hard for some Minnesota residents to imagine the difficulty that employees face when they discover that their employer has engaged in illegal actions. For some employees, there is a strong loyalty to their employer, and they may feel like they shouldn't take action. However, for those employees who know that they need to do the right thing and report the illegal activity, they should take some comfort in the fact that there are laws in place that provide whistleblower protection.
Discrimination in the Minneapolis workplace has been in the national news headlines quite a bit recently, due to the sexual harassment and abuse allegations that seem to be flooding out of Hollywood lately. Any type of discrimination should not be tolerated in the workplace. While that includes sex discrimination on movie sets and elsewhere, it also includes many other types of discrimination, including discrimination based on race.
"Respect your elders" is a phrase that most people in Minnesota are familiar with. And, for the most part, people follow this age-old advice. But, as with most things, there can be instances when people don't live up to the standards that society sets. In the workplace, if someone is discriminated against due to their age, it could result in an employment discrimination lawsuit.
Living with a disability can be tough, even in today's society that has made huge strides in keeping the "playing field" level for those who have disabilities. Despite the challenges they face, many people who have a disability are able to maintain employment and support themselves. And, for the most part, many employers are happy to accommodate disabled employees, if they have the right skills for the job. But, what happens when a Minnesota resident faces disability discrimination in the workplace? What are the options?