In this day and age, it is difficult to accept that discrimination still plays a significant role in some U.S. workplaces. Discrimination in employment has been explicitly outlawed since 1964, but unfortunately people are still sometimes treated unfairly, demoted or fired on the basis of their age, sex, race, disability, religion and a number of other classifications. When this happens, the victims of discrimination can seek legal recourse.
Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, employers here in Maryland and throughout the country are banned from discriminating against people with disabilities. Discriminatory actions include not only things like the outright refusal to hire a person based on a disability, and refusing a promotion to someone on the basis of a disability, but also failing to make reasonable accommodations to facilitate a disabled person's employment.
Anyone who watched President Barack Obama's inauguration last week likely heard the president's unexpected announcement of his support for gay rights. That proclamation has swiftly been followed by a call to action by gay rights activists, and one of the first things asked of the president has been that he ban federal contractors from practicing sexual orientation discrimination. Many might be surprised that this type of discrimination is not already outlawed in employment.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched a lawsuit against a company in Maryland yesterday. It is accusing the Baltimore-based mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning company, Fidelity Engineering, of disability discrimination and retaliation.
While women have made great strides in the workforce in recent decades, there are still many workplaces that proliferate gender discrimination. It may not be as obvious as it was back before the Equal Pay Act of1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 required employers to treat women and men equally, but today's working women still do not need to look far to find a glass ceiling, a wage discrepancy or a sexually hostile workplace.
A national drug store chain has agreed to a $250,000 settlement with a former employee who claims that he was fired because of his disability. The settlement also dictates that the company may commit no additional violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and that it must provide additional ADA training for store managers to ensure that no such violations take place in the future.
Many Maryland workers whose parents are aging may be going through the unique transition of becoming their parents' caregivers. Caring for an older parent is becoming a new challenge for many Metro D.C. families as changing demographics mean more households have two people in the workforce and more Americans are reaching older ages.
Although women's rights in Maryland's workplaces have advanced significantly in recent decades, there is still some work to be done. Sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender, age and pregnancy have all been banned by federal employment law, however, many working women still face unique legal challenges that do not plague their male counterparts.
After an executive of clothing retailer Wet Seal visited several stores in Maryland and Philadelphia in 2009, the executive emailed subordinates that the stores lacked diversity. Specifically, the email stated the stores had too many black employees.
A recent workplace discrimination suit involving AT&T should be a reminder to employees in Greenbelt that they do not have to tolerate religious intolerance at work. The company has been ordered to pay more than $5 million to a Muslim woman who was harassed on the job for years.