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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Our readers may have seen previous posts here that mentioned several discrimination lawsuits filed against mega-news network Fox News. The claims against Fox News that made the most headlines were for sexual harassment, but there were other claims as well, based on gender and race discrimination. Now, a recent report detailed how Fox News has settled a number of these claims for $10 million.
Our readers who are familiar with previous our posts know that age discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination and racial discrimination are problems that employers and employees alike must confront in the workplace, sometimes with disturbing regularity. Many employers do their best to instill a workplace atmosphere that is free from these serious problems, but there are some that fail in their efforts. For employees who experience any type of discrimination or harassment at work, sometimes, the only option is to fight that conduct through legal means.
Target, the Minneapolis-based company, is one of the biggest retailers in the country. And, like all businesses, it is prohibited from engaging in illegal discrimination when it comes to employees and job applicants. But, despite those prohibitions, the company was the subject of a lawsuit that alleged discrimination in its hiring process.