There has been quite a bit of good news in recent months when it comes to the job market in America. Hiring is up, so anyone who is looking for a job - or a new job - is reportedly having an easier time accomplishing this task. That is great news, but as employees in Minnesota consider their options for employment, they need to be aware of the fact that there are many different legal protections in place that could help them if they encounter discrimination, harassment or other unfair treatment in the workplace.
Many of our readers in Minnesota have probably seen the many different reports concerning allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination taking place at Fox News, one of the cable news giants in America. However, a recent report suggests that Fox News isn't the only media company with an employment discrimination problem on its hands.
Discrimination in the Minneapolis workplace has been in the national news headlines quite a bit recently, due to the sexual harassment and abuse allegations that seem to be flooding out of Hollywood lately. Any type of discrimination should not be tolerated in the workplace. While that includes sex discrimination on movie sets and elsewhere, it also includes many other types of discrimination, including discrimination based on race.
Most people are highly appreciative of the hard work and dedication it takes to be a teacher in America. We all know that these jobs are underfunded and highly scrutinized, so it takes a special type of person to be willing to be a teacher. And, when teachers try to help their students and the school districts they work for, they should be applauded, not punished. But, according to a recent report, one such teacher from Minnesota did not receive a positive result for his efforts.
Gender discrimination can be the result of several different types of illegal conduct on the part of an employer. For instance, an employer may hire a male instead of a female for a position that they are both qualified for, just because of the difference in gender. Or, an employer may assign a male employee to a certain task over a female employee, simply because of a perceived difference in their competence level based on gender. And, in one of the most common instances of gender discrimination, an employer may pay employees differently just because of their gender, even if they are doing the same job, at the same place, requiring the same types of job skills.
Anyone who even glimpses at a news channel these days will likely see a story about police officers, race relations and political views. It seems that these topics are inexhaustible sources of controversy. So, when some of these areas get mixed together, it can sometimes result in legal action.
Many of our readers in Minnesota may know that not every lawsuit that is filed will go to trial. In fact, the vast majority are disposed of in another manner, and settlement is one of the most common results to a lawsuit. Employment discrimination claims are particularly prone to settlement, which can be beneficial to all involved, as a settlement does away with the need to go through expensive and time-consuming litigation, and can also provide the injured party with the compensation he or she needs.
Many of our readers likely saw the news a few weeks ago about President Trump submitting his first budget to Congress. There were many different aspects of the proposed budget that were applauded or criticized. However, in general, there is quite a bit of funding cuts and administrative changes proposed.
When most people think of discrimination occurring in the workplace, they probably think of discrimination based on race, gender or disability. Some people may not realize that workers in Minnesota may also face discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
Affirmative action can be a pretty hot topic, politically speaking. However, while there may be a growing acceptance of affirmative action, the reality is that many people in Minnesota and elsewhere probably still don't know too much about this policy and how it can come into play when employment discrimination occurs.