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Employment Discrimination Archives

What rights do you have against wage discrimination?

It is an unfortunate fact of the times we live in that two people may often be performing the same job but one might be receiving more compensation for it. Whether this wage discrimination results from discrimination against gender, age or race, it is prohibited by federal law and Minnesota residents should know that employees have the right to be free from discrimination in their compensation. All types of compensation are covered by the federal law prohibiting discrimination, including overtime pay, bonuses, salary and profit sharing.

Company found to discriminate against women in pay, owes back-pay

Women across the country have fought for years to get treated equally to their male counterparts in all spheres of life, including the workplace. This means that there should be equal opportunity for men and woman in the workplace-equal pay for equal work. While the jobs do not need to be identical, the content of the jobs should be similar enough. It is federal law that a man and woman performing similar tasks be paid similarly.

Don't stay silent against employment discrimination

Many Minnesota residents spend more time working in their office than they do at home, which is why they consider their place of employment their second home. Coworkers become akin to family members, and bosses and supervisors become elderly loved ones one looks up to and respects, for the most part. This is why it can be especially difficult to come to terms with illegalities taking place at work, either by a boss or a coworker.

Pregnancy discrimination root of case against retailer

When a Minneapolis resident gets pregnant, they may want to shout it from the rooftops and let everyone know about the exciting changes coming up ahead for them. Unfortunately, if they are afraid of losing their job because they have become pregnant, it can put a huge damper on their excitement. This is why many people may not be aware that it is illegal to discriminate against pregnant workers.

Employees may not be discriminated against due to their religions

One of the many freedoms that individuals in the United States enjoy is the freedom to practice or not practice a religion of their own choosing. A person may be raised in one faith as a child and later in life may choose to abandon it for another. The government cannot interfere with that right, and, as such, Minnesota residents are free to practice any religion they wish.

Fight discrimination with experienced help

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.

Do federal workplace discrimination laws cover my workplace?

Much has been said about the various laws that protect against employment discrimination in the workplace in Minneapolis. But, these federal laws provide coverage only if certain requirements are met, and the requirements differ depending on the type of employment discrimination one has faced and the workplace where one is working.

The umbrella of laws that protect against discrimination

Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that all kinds of discrimination still exist in workplaces in Minnesota and throughout the country, but also that there are laws in place to protect employees against discrimination and to hold employers who engage in this illegal conduct accountable. There is, in fact, what you could call an umbrella of laws in place to protect workers.

How big of a problem is pregnancy discrimination?

Families in Minnesota oftentimes plan meticulously for pregnancies. Couples will strive to ensure, as much as possible, that they are financially secure and have the living space to welcome a new addition to the family. However, one aspect of pregnancy that may come as a surprise is the potential for an employee to experience discrimination in the workplace due to the pregnancy. But, how big of a problem is pregnancy discrimination?

Minnesota is worse than other states when it comes to equal pay

Most of the employment news stories that our readers see these days address sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. However, there are plenty of other concerns as well, including the persistent issue of the gap in pay between male and female employees. As our readers may know, female workers in all types of employment roles are consistently paid less than their male counterparts. And, unfortunately, the problem is worse in Minnesota than it is in many other states.

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