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Employment Discrimination Archives

Wage discrimination a major issue in professional sports

When the U.S. women's national soccer team won the World Cup, the fact that they were paid significantly less than the U.S. men's national soccer team, despite having a better record of wins, came to the forefront of the country's attention. The team has since filed a gender discrimination claim against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The claim is currently being mediated. However, even female athletes in Minnesota are experiencing employment discrimination based on gender and unequal wages.

Can employment discrimination take place at a job interview?

People in Minnesota who are hunting for a job may send out a lot of resumes to potential employers to secure a position they are happy with. So, when they finally land that job interview they may feel excited, yet nervous. They want to make sure they provide good answers to the questions the interviewer will ask them, but are there any questions that employers cannot ask prospective employees and that prospective employees do not have to answer?

Workers claim employee rights were violated with wage theft

While areas of employment disputes and complaints like sexual harassment, discrimination and other violations are getting significant attention in Minnesota and across the nation, one of the most common reasons for a legal complaint is still wage discrimination and wage theft. When workers are not paid what they are owed or do not get the benefits they are entitled to, they have the right to seek a legal resolution with help from an experienced employment law firm.

Minnesota and 21 other states file brief on LGBTQ worker rights

People in Minnesota may be surprised to hear that, despite the advancements made in LGBTQ rights, discrimination based on sexual orientation is not prohibited under federal law. Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on sex, the law does not specifically include sexual orientation or gender identity as part of that protected category. Therefore, in many states, LGBTQ workers can face employment discrimination that is entirely legal.

Muslim employees claim religious discrimination during walkout

For Minnesotans with specific religious requirements regarding prayer and other important aspects of their religion, it is important that their employer understand their needs and be reasonable in allowing them the freedom to adhere to their beliefs. Failure to do so could result in allegations of religious discrimination. Employee rights is a key part of the law and workers who are confronted with any kind of mistreatment or discrimination must make sure they understand how to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Worker suffers employment loss due to pregnancy

A baby is a huge addition to any family, regardless of whether the parents have other children or if they have been waiting to grow their brood in size. When Minnesota residents find out that they are expecting, they may worry that their conditions will impact how they are treated at work. Pregnancy should not affect how a woman is treated with regard to her employment, but an American woman recently suffered a massive employment set-back when she revealed to her employer that she was expecting.

Workplace discrimination alleged at Minnesota Amazon warehouse

Most workplaces in Minnesota are a study in diversity. With the people from different backgrounds, religions and national origins, it is important that employers understand how to ensure these workers' employee rights are upheld. Unfortunately, many workplaces do not follow the law and commit workplace discrimination. For employees who are confronted with these issues, it is imperative to understand that they can take steps to ensure they are treated fairly under the law. If they are not, they can file a lawsuit for compensation.

Coping with discrimination should not be a job requirement

Not everyone that a Minnesota resident works with will be their favorite person. Sometimes individuals may dislike their co-workers' personalities, idiosyncrasies or even their beliefs. However, even when individuals are different in their approaches to life, it is possible for them to find a respectful balance that allows them to co-exist in their jobs.

Woman subjected to employment harassment due to period

The human body is a marvel. With so many systems and functions that must work together to keep a person alive it is a miracle that so many people get through each day without illness, injury, or other physical harm. Each day Minnesota residents of all abilities go to work and do their best to accomplish their jobs despite the issues or problems that they may have going on within them; under the law, employers may not discriminate against employees for a variety of reasons, some of which are gender, sex, and disability.

Is hiring on the basis of affinity discriminatory?

Even as the Minnesota administration is touting their inclusiveness in the workplace, the state is facing a lawsuit from a former auditor of the Minnesota Department of Revenue for discriminating against him. According to the former employee, he was blocked from promotions that other less qualified white colleagues received. According to him, he was the one who had trained the promoted individuals.

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