Many people take for granted that when they leave a job they will receive their final wages in the right amount, and on time. However, not all employers follow the law in respect to paying. When employers violate these laws, employee rights are at stake.
Our readers in Minnesota have likely seen several of our recent posts here covering the sweep of sexual harassment claims that is occurring throughout the country. The wave of claims is engulfing celebrities, CEOs and politicians. It seems that the plague of sexual harassment in the workplace is finally being revealed at its fullest extent.
Minnesota residents and most people across the country probably realize that the times are changing fast. Technology seems to be advancing at an exponential rate, while the job skills of yesteryear are becoming less of a need for employers. For older employees in Minnesota, this could present quite a dilemma, especially if they are facing age discrimination in the workplace.
While quite a bit of attention has been paid to sex-based discrimination and harassment both in the news media and in previous posts on this blog, it is important for Minnesota residents to remember that there are many other forms of discrimination that occur in the workplace as well. Age, race, gender and religious discrimination are all still issues that employees and employers alike deal with on a seemingly routine basis. There are laws in place to protect workers from these types of scenarios. For disabled employees, they are protected from discrimination in the workplace by the Americans with Disabilities Act -- commonly known as the "ADA."
The wave of sexual harassment and assault news stories and allegations that have been sweeping through workplaces throughout the nation apparently has a name in the news media: the "Me Too" movement. Dozens of people's sexual harassment stories - mostly women - have been receiving heightened attention, resulting in the end of the professional careers of many of the alleged perpetrators.
Several of our most recent posts here have focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. The reasoning for this intense focus should be evident to our readers: this issue is roiling workplaces throughout the country, from Hollywood to New York City. It seems that every day now there is a new story in the news about a prominent celebrity, business executive or news anchor being accused of inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.
Sexual harassment has been occurring in workplaces in Minnesota and throughout the country for a long time, but now it seems this topic is getting much-needed attention in the daily news cycle, both locally and nationwide. High-powered executives, movie producers and even politicians are facing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. Now that these allegations are out in the public light, the next issue needs to be addressed: What should the consequences be for individuals who engage in workplace sexual harassment?
Recent posts here have commented on the current state of discussion regarding sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, not to mention the significantly increased news coverage that our readers are likely seeing on a daily basis. It seems that this issue is finally getting the attention that is needed to make some changes in workplaces in Minnesota and across the country. Unfortunately, it may take the law some additional time to properly recognize the degree of sexual harassment that can make an employee feel victimized.