People who work in the fast food industry along with others who work in jobs where they earn the federal minimum wage are planning a rally this week. Organizers said that picketers will be outside many popular fast food chains during the lunch hour to speak out about low wages and retaliation by their employers.
A recent poll that surveyed both men and women about gender discrimination in the workplace found that many people recognize this as an ongoing problem. In fact, 30 percent of women say that they have experienced discrimination at work.
In recent years, as the state of the economy has slowly improved, the lack of wage and employment protections afforded to unpaid interns has garnered a great deal of media attention. Unfortunately, this is only part of the story. In some cases, unpaid interns may find that they lack legal recourse after experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace.
A jury awarded a man who had served the U.S. in both Iraq and Afghanistan $75,000 to compensate him for being unlawfully discharged from an FBI training program for special agents. The man had been one of the top students in his firearms class, but authorities in the FBI remained concerned about the safety of someone with a prosthetic hand operating a weapon.
Many Maryland employees have had a coworker or two who has been hard to work with. Some have even had colleagues that were downright mean. While some might accept these situations as a part of life, others may undergo more serious harassment in the workplace that is tantamount to bullying.