A Virginia-based stone contracting company has been ordered to pay $40,000 in relation to a claim that it was involved in discrimination against a worker based on his national origin, religion and color.
In Greenbelt and throughout the metro D.C. area, workplace discrimination is not the same issue that it once was--it exists, but it has evolved. Companies do not often publicly fire a worker because she is a woman or because he has a disability, as this type of blatant discrimination has become unpopular over time. But, discrimination still plays an unfortunate role in hiring and firing decisions as well as daily life in the workplace.
Employees in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia have rights to take leave under both state law and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The laws pertain to leaves associated with the employee's health or medical condition, or that of an employee's family members. Often, either the employer or the employee is not exactly sure how these rights work.