"When you get cultural change on civil rights, it happens because industry leaders do the right thing," said the commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently.
Victims of sexual harassment can often obtain compensation from their employers under Maryland state law or federal law. Whether the harasser was a supervisor or a co-worker, however, can greatly affect the process and outcome of these cases.
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.
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.