Recent weeks have been big for college athletics in the news, but for a former college women's hockey coach in Minnesota, the news is about more than just being an "underdog." A recent news article detailed how the former coach recently won a jury trial in federal court based on employment discrimination claims and was awarded $3.74 million as a result.
It can be hard for Minnesota residents to imagine a scenario in which they learn that their employer is engaging in illegal activities. But, the reality is that this type of situation can be more common than people think. When these situations do occur, some employees will feel compelled to step forward and inform the proper authorities. Those employees are making a brave choice - and they should not be punished for doing so.
Sports fans in Minnesota likely know that the annual NFL offseason event known as the "Combine" recently occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is an event where the top college draft prospects from around the country get a chance to gather together in one location to go through football position drills and other physical athletic tests, as well as medical tests and the all-important interviews with representatives for NFL teams. In short, the Combine is like a massive job interview for draft prospects that occurs over the course of several days.
When it comes to discrimination in the workplace, most people probably expect that gender and race discrimination are the most common forms. They are right, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be focusing on the fact that some people face discrimination in the workplace for other reasons. For instance, transgender Minnesota residents may be facing discrimination in the workplace as well.
Of all of the different types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace in Minnesota, most people would probably expect religious discrimination to be among the least common incidents. And, it probably is - after all, not many people go around at work talking to co-workers or managers about their religious beliefs. But, religious discrimination does occur. So, what do our readers in Minnesota need to know about religious discrimination in the workplace?