According to a recent survey by the staffing firm OfficeTeam, 14 percent of American workers have experienced a demotion -- asked to assume a lower-level role with or without a pay cut. Slightly more than half (52 percent) of demoted employees will choose to leave the company, and there is the risk of disgruntlement and potential lawsuits.
A group of former cheerleaders for the Houston Texans have filed two employment lawsuits in the past two weeks. The first was filed as a potential class action against the National Football League and alleges that Texans cheerleaders are not fairly compensated or paid overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The second suit makes the same claim against the Texans but adds that the women were subjected to a hostile work environment and physical assaults by both the cheerleading coach and Texans fans.
You have just been fired. You are angry. Your former boss was dismissive, curt and impolite during the meeting about termination of your employment. It can make a person wonder if this is a situation in which you might need a Maryland employment law attorney.
Regular readers will recall that our most recent post was about a female Maryland delivery driver who is to have her claims against an employer heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in Young v. United Parcel Service. She was a part-time driver who became pregnant and then had her request for accommodations rejected by the company. She had given supervisors a doctor’s note saying that she should not lift more than 20 pounds; all UPS drivers are required to be able to lift 70 pounds.
At the start of this month, Vermont became the eighth state to stop employers from pulling credit reports of job applicants as part of the hiring process. Vermont's new employment law specifically prohibits employers from inquiring into the credit histories and credit reports of job applicants and employees, and it also bans discriminating against employees or applicants based on credit information.
More U.S. hospitals and health companies are refusing to hire smokers--in efforts to foster a healthy workplace and keep insurance costs down--but is this practice legal? Or, is it workplace discrimination?
Oftentimes in the Greenbelt, Maryland, area people who work for small employers are confused about their employment rights. This is often because small employers can tend to be more informal, and relationships between bosses and employees can be more casual. Additionally, small employers typically do not have human resources departments that help them stay up-to-date with employment law concerns.
In the face of numerous reports across Maryland about jobless residents being discriminated against during the hiring process, legislators are considering a bill that would stop employers from discriminating against the unemployed. More than 12 states are working to address this issue, according to a Baltimore Sun report.
When someone is treated unfairly at work or even fired because of disability discrimination, he or she has a right to seek legal recourse. Employees are protected against such mistreatment at the hands of their employers under federal law.