Federal law prohibits employers in Minnesota and states throughout the country from discriminating against employees on the basis of the employee's religion. As with other protected classes, an employer may not refuse to consider or hire a job candidate because of his or her religion, nor may an employer fire, discipline, refuse to promote or take other adverse actions against an employee because of his religious beliefs.
Employment discrimination and workplace discrimination are an ongoing problem in Minnesota and throughout the United States. While in the public eye, harassment has taken a more prominent role with steps being taken to reduce its frequency, people are still confronted with the challenge of discrimination for a variety of reasons. Paying attention to statistics regarding these issues can be important to understand its scope.
Here and across the U.S., employee rights and employment discrimination is garnering significant attention as a growing number are seeking to ensure they are treated fairly. Getting a job and keeping a job should be based on ability and capacity to complete the necessary tasks. Workers cannot be penalized regardless of their gender, age, national origin, race, sexual orientation, disability and more. Employment laws protect workers and prospective employees. Still, it is important to keep track of certain cases that can affect people who fall into certain categories. For those who are LGBTQ, pending Supreme Court cases are bringing forth speculation as to how they will affect Minnesota workplaces.
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, has been a mainstay in employment law for about a generation now. Basically, the FMLA allows many, if not most, employees to take a leave of absence from work for their own documented medical reason, including pregnancy and childbirth, or to take care of certain sick relatives.
Despite greater attention being paid to worker rights in Minnesota and across the U.S., workplace discrimination and employment discrimination is an ongoing problem. Frequently, victims are not certain as to what their rights are and how to go about filing a claim due to this type of discrimination. This can result in missing the time limits. For anyone who even suspects their employee rights were violated, knowing the time limits to file a charge is critical.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.