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April 2013 Archives

Former Purdue chancellor files discrimination suit

When most people hear the words "gender discrimination," they picture a woman as the victim. However, it is important to understand that men can be the victims of gender discrimination as well.

Bill aims to stop sexual orientation discrimination on the job

Did you know that it's considered legal to fire someone for being gay in 29 states and for being transgender in 34 states?  If you didn't, don't worry, you're like a majority of people across the United States, including many here in Indiana, who may not be aware of the fact that LGBT employees are not as protected as we may think in the workplace.  More surprising still, even many state legislators are under the impression that laws are already in place to protect these workers and have even voted against new legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pregnancy discrimination leads to wrongful termination

Most people in the state of Indiana are familiar with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits any employer from discriminating against its employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. But few may be familiar with the amendment made in 1978 which also protects employees from being discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy as well.

Monitoring digital communication to prevent sexual harassment

We've said it before on this blog and we'll say it again: no one should have to suffer through sexual harassment in the workplace. And while employer's can't monitor or control everything their workers say an do at every given moment, once there is knowledge of sexual harassment in the workplace, the employer has an obligation to put an end to it.

Is CVS's new employee-health policy crossing into discrimination?

In the past few years, companies across the nation, including here in Indiana, have jumped on board the health movement geared towards offering employees incentives for living a healthy lifestyle. Everything from reimbursements for gym memberships to money off insurance premiums for receiving regular health screenings, there is no doubt that many employers are fighting back against obesity with a vengeance.

Former Indianapolis city worker given go ahead on discrimination suit

The former project manager of unsafe buildings/nuisance abatement at Indianapolis' Department of Metropolitan Development has found herself in a particularly grueling legal battle for the past few years. But with an overwhelmingly positive ruling this month from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on her side, it appears now that she may finally have her disability discrimination case heard for what it is.

Even lawyers need lawyers sometimes

Most people in Indiana think that if anyone has a grasp on employment law, it's the lawyers who work in that practice area every day that do. But when it comes to contract disputes and other employment conflicts, even these workers aren't immune to the troubles of litigation.

Arguing the difference between minimum wage and living wage

We see them everywhere we go in Indiana, with their brightly colored signs and the smell of fryer oil floating on the breeze. We're talking of course about fast-food restaurants. It's no surprise to readers of our blog though, or anyone in America for that matter, that for as much business as these companies drum up in a year, their workers are still considered to be some of the most underpaid as well.

How an unpaid internship can break labor laws in Indiana

If you've ever looked for a job in a newspaper or on a popular job-search website, chances are you've seen a posting for an internship. And while you may have been tempted by the job description-perhaps it sounded like your dream job-you were probably disappointed by the fact that it was an unpaid internship.

Can discrimination occur in a majority that has become the minority?

When most people in Indiana think about racial discrimination, we often times think about a minority racial group. Whether we think of an African American or another racial group, we are really boiling it down to a minority group who we feel are not receiving equal treatment in the workplace or other situation.

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