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April 2015 Archives

Why some employees don't report sexual harassment

Many people in Indiana and around the country who are experiencing workplace sexual harassment choose not to file a lawsuit against their employer. According to the vice president for education and employment at the National Women's Law Center, the majority of sexual harassment cases do not end up being reported. The problem of workplace sexual harassment reportedly affects 25 percent of female workers in the United States.

Google sued for age discrimination

Indiana residents might be interested to learn that Google is being sued for age discrimination. On April 22, a 64-year-old engineer who was denied a position at the company filed a lawsuit against the technology giant in a California federal court. The plaintiff in the lawsuit alleges that Google has engaged in a pattern of discriminating against older job candidates since August 2010.

How to know if you have been wrongfully terminated by an employer

There are some things in life that are black and white, while others are gray. Wrongful termination is one of those gray areas. What may seem like a valid reason to fire an employee may not be, so it is important to pay close attention to the reason why your employer decides to terminate you.

Workplace discrimination and national origin in Indiana

Discrimination against workers because of their national origin or because they are married to a person of a particular national origin is strictly prohibited by federal law. This type of discrimination is insidious, and it flies in the face of the very principles upon which the country was founded. Unfortunately, it still occurs in workplaces in Indiana and around the country.

Victory for transgender woman in discrimination suit

Individuals in Indiana may be interested to learn that on April 1, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made an important ruling that experts say will strengthen the rights of transgender people in civilian government employment. A woman who began transitioning from male to female in 2010 filed a suit in 2012 after she was let go from her position.

The RFRA may be changing how people look at discrimination laws

When you go to work or out in public, it should not be an unrealistic expectation that you are treated fairly by all you encounter. Still, every day employees and customers face discrimination due to their race, age, sex, sexual orientation or even a disability from which they suffer.

Understanding how the ADA protects those with hearing impairments

Indiana employees with a hearing impairment may be interested in how this is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the disability qualifies, the person will be protected from employment discrimination based on their hearing impairment.

Disability discrimination and the EEOC process

After an Indiana worker's disability discrimination claim has been processed through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency will either determine that the charge has been substantiated or they will send a notice to the person who complained notifying them of the EEOC's dismissal. People will have 90 days from the date of the notice to file a civil lawsuit. If they wait beyond this time frame, their ability to sue will be time-barred.

When am I allowed to take family or medical leave?

A person may experience a medical problem at any moment in their life. In most cases, the person gets better after a short period of time and is able to return to work, but in other cases, they have no choice but to take time off from work.

What to do when workplace harassment is going on

Workers in Indiana who are being harassed at their workplace might not know what to do about it. If a worker waits too long to report the harassment incidents or fails to keep accurate records, they may have no chance of seeking compensation for the harassment later on.

Pregnancy discrimination in Supreme Court

Employees in Indiana may benefit from understanding more about the U.S. Supreme Court has reacted to cases involving pregnancy discrimination at the workplace. The Supreme Court judges interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in order to deliver a verdict or a potentially landmark case on March 25. The federal act is designed to prohibit employers from harassing or discriminating against employee due to a pregnancy or related condition. The complainant only filed a lawsuit against UPS, but the outcome of this case may affect many employers.

Indiana judge dismisses part of age discrimination lawsuit

In March 2015, a circuit court judge in Indiana dismissed a portion of an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a former city employee who had worked for the Department of Code Enforcement. As part of the decision, the judge allowed the plaintiff to move forward with a portion of his claims that the former code director, mayor and the city had been engaging in age discrimination practices.

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