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Should language discrimination be considered in a court of law?

An interesting case of discrimination out of New York this month has some people here in Indiana questioning whether or not language discrimination should be taken into consideration in employment law cases the country over. This concern for employee rights comes after several NYPD officers receive bad marks on their records for speaking Spanish while on the job. According to the police department, this goes against their English-only policy--a controversial rule that could be ruled as unlawful in a court of law.

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.

Indiana below average when it comes to equity in women's pay

Indiana women make 74 cents to every dollar that men make on average. Black women make 62 cents for every dollar that men make, and Latino women make 54 cents per every dollar. The circumstances really are not much better nationwide as women overall make 77 cents for every dollar across the country.

Attorney fired for filing ethics complaint

Lawsuits involving wrongful termination from a position come in all manner of forms. Such lawsuits even can involve lawyers suing the law firm for which they worked as was shown by a lawyer being purportedly fired for filing an ethics complaint.

Wal-Mart settles wage and hour dispute

Wal-Mart, whose stores can be found all over the Indianapolis area, has been ordered to pay more than $4.8 million in back wages to its workers nationwide. It had been found in the wage and hour claims that Wal-Mart was in violation of various overtime provisions that are a part of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Reproductive versus religious rights concerning employment

A matter involving various employment disputes is brewing in Indiana over the firing of a teacher from a Roman Catholic School. The teacher fired alleges that she was let go due to her use of in vitro fertilization to get pregnant. The lawsuit could involve conflicting concerns regarding reproductive rights and religious liberty.

Gender discrimination and 'at-will' employment

Indiana recently became the 21st of what is known as a "Right to Work" state. Though such states have prevented non-union members from having to pay fees for representation in union shops, it has been found that there are other confusing or not well understood aspects that come along with this designation.

Coach and teacher fired for out-of-wedlock child

Types of employment discrimination are constantly being challenged in state and federal courts in Indiana and across the nation. One particular case is making the news concerning the firing of a volleyball coach and science teacher at a Christian Academy for delivering a child out of wedlock.

Employee or independent contractor?

Determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor was the center of a lawsuit held in Indiana. What was alleged in the lawsuit was that drivers performing identical duties for FedEx were treated differently. Some drivers were able to obtain the employment rights of full time employees while others were denied benefits on the grounds that they were deemed independent contractors.

New EEOC rule concerning age discrimination

An important work related rule has just been approved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concerning age discrimination. The final rule to soon be published in the Federal Register prohibits any policy that would harm older workers more than younger workers unless such an action is based upon some reasonable factor other than age.

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