The United States Congress has been distracted by budget issues lately, as our readers know. But, there was some good news recently out of Congress too, namely in the form of proposed legislation from the House of Representatives that could - if enacted - overhaul the way that sexual harassment claims are handled in on Capitol Hill.
There has been quite a bit of good news in recent months when it comes to the job market in America. Hiring is up, so anyone who is looking for a job - or a new job - is reportedly having an easier time accomplishing this task. That is great news, but as employees in Minnesota consider their options for employment, they need to be aware of the fact that there are many different legal protections in place that could help them if they encounter discrimination, harassment or other unfair treatment in the workplace.
Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that a wave of sexual harassment, assault and abuse claims is sweeping through the country, including in workplaces in Minnesota. While powerful CEOs, celebrities and businesspeople face these claims from California to New York, and everywhere in between, a recent article asked a question that may not yet have been considered by some: Will sexual harassment allegations go too far?
Many previous posts here have delved into some fairly specific employment rights that employees in Minnesota and throughout the country enjoy, including the right to be free from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. But, it can be helpful to look at employee rights in basic terms, and include some of the other rights that employees enjoy. So, what are some of the basic employee rights?
Being the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace can be embarrassing. Victims of this type of abuse and discrimination can feel guilt as well, or shame that they are not taking action when they believe they should. Many victims fear reprisals from the employer, or derision from their co-workers if the incidents become common knowledge in the workplace. Minnesota residents need to know their rights when it comes to sexual harassment claim, and they need to know how to pursue those claims after sexual harassment occurs.
A pregnancy can be a difficult time in life for a woman. Despite all of the clichés about pregnancy, hormones and cravings, most woman actually enjoy being pregnant, knowing that they are going to be welcoming a new addition to the family within just a few months time. Unfortunately, not everyone is sensitive to the various issues that a pregnant woman can face. In the workplace, an employer may begin to treat a pregnant employee differently because of the pregnancy.