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.
Recent weeks have been big for college athletics in the news, but for a former college women's hockey coach in Minnesota, the news is about more than just being an "underdog." A recent news article detailed how the former coach recently won a jury trial in federal court based on employment discrimination claims and was awarded $3.74 million as a result.
When it comes to discrimination in the workplace, most people probably expect that gender and race discrimination are the most common forms. They are right, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be focusing on the fact that some people face discrimination in the workplace for other reasons. For instance, transgender Minnesota residents may be facing discrimination in the workplace as well.
Of all of the different types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace in Minnesota, most people would probably expect religious discrimination to be among the least common incidents. And, it probably is - after all, not many people go around at work talking to co-workers or managers about their religious beliefs. But, religious discrimination does occur. So, what do our readers in Minnesota need to know about religious discrimination in the workplace?
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.