Navigating the complex world of employer privileges and employee rights is not at all simple, and far too often employers fire an employee hastily to address a concern without first understanding the applicable laws. Of course, some employers knowingly break the law to get rid of an employee who is causing problems, relying on the employee's desperation to find more employment to keep them from pushing back.
Most Minneapolis residents work hard to make a living. And, given that they spend most of their waking hours in their office, it is safe to say they consider their office their second, if not first, home. This is why it is so important for their workplace to be a safe place for them -- both emotionally and physically.
Sexual harassment can be physically dangerous and psychologically damaging to those who must endure it while at work. Minnesota and federal laws protect workers from sexual harassment, but an unfortunate number of individuals still suffer this demeaning form of provocation each year. Sexual harassment can take on different forms, and one of those forms is called quid pro quo harassment.
Men and women who wish to work and use their valuable knowledge and skills to earn a living should be allowed to do so at any age. In Minnesota and throughout the rest of the nation, workers are protected from age discrimination by the tenants of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Under the ADEA, certain employers are prohibited from discriminating against the workers they currently employ, but are also barred from using discriminatory practices in other employment actions.
People have the right to try and earn a living and support themselves to the best of their ability. While this may be easy for some Minnesota residents, it is harder for disabled individuals to find jobs for which they are otherwise qualified. Employers may hesitate to employ someone with a disability due to their own misconceptions about their condition, and when they discriminate against someone with a disability, employers violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
When people think of workplace harassment, many Minnesotans may immediately think of sexual harassment and dismiss other types of comments or jokes as being part of their work culture. As harassment remains unreported, it becomes more of a problem and often ends up creating a workplace where employees do not feel safe or enjoy working. Not only does this affect an employee's productivity, but also their emotional equilibrium.
Getting to the top position at one's employment is difficult for most people, but its often even more difficult for women to get positions of power, for various reasons. Unfortunately, even when women make it to the top they are still subjected to a hostile work environment created by colleagues or subordinates who are not willing to take directions from a woman. Though great strides are being taken to equalize the work and power balance between men and women, the reality is that women are often subjected to harassment and discrimination at most positions and offices.
When someone loses their job, their steady source of income, it is natural to wonder what went wrong or how they could have avoided this situation of sudden unemployment. "Why was I fired?" may be a recurring question, along with the sentiment that one's firing was "unfair", but it is important to understand that unfair may differ from illegal.
All too often, the medical care providers that we depend on to take care of us and keep us healthy take advantage of their circumstances and act fraudulently, either toward patients or toward the government.