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What can I do about workplace bullying?

When it comes to workplace conflicts, bullying in the workplace exists in a grey area — but that doesn't mean that you should do nothing about it. The laws that govern workplace bullying vary from state to state, but in most cases, behavior that qualifies as bullying does not cross a threshold into discrimination or creating a hostile environment. This behavior is childish and frustrating, but in many cases is not illegal.

New law restricts disability discrimination suits

Arizona legislators have passed a bill into law that may have a significant negative impact on those with disabilities. The new law, freshly signed by Governor Doug Ducey, seeks to minimize supposedly "frivolous" discrimination suits against companies that do not comply with disability regulations.

Employer liability for harrassment

Workplace harassment is a difficult issue that troubles both employers and workers. For many workers, it can be difficult to separate an individual's harassing behavior from the company as a whole, while employers face frustrating liabilities if they do not maintain a harassment-free workplace. if you believe that you are experiencing harassment, it is helpful to understand your employer's liability in the matter.

Tech companies still face diversity and discrimination issues

The tech industry often prides itself on being forward-thinking and operating on the cutting edge of social issues and causes. However, employment data sometimes tells a different story than so many carefully curated press releases and mission statements. According to a recent survey, about one-quarter of tech industry employees have experienced discrimination in the workplace in some way or another.

Is pregnancy protected in the workplace?

It can be difficult to know how to engage in your career once you become pregnant. Many employers, unfortunately, do not greet pregnancy with open arms and an encouraging attitude. In many cases, an employer may be outright hostile to a pregnant woman in the workforce. The sad reality of the matter is that pregnancy discrimination is a very real thing, so much so that the law recognizes it and extends pregnant women certain special protections under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Do You Have an Age Discrimination Case?

You were a loyal employee, but now you find yourself out of a job. You applied for a different position in the restructured team for which your knowledge and skills are a perfect fit, but the company declined to give you the job. However, you were asked to train the 21-year-old who is essentially taking over your duties. You were just shy of your pension planning goals and now are on the job hunt at 59.

Anti-discrimination laws apply in hiring

It's common for a large company to have bylaws and processes to follow throughout their organization. Bureaucracy keeps a uniform approach across multiple offices and time zones and keeps the brand universal when different people are running the show. Sometimes those rules are a little too rigid, though, and they suppress individual rights.

What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?

When it comes to workplace discrimination, the big headlines almost always go to high-profile cases about sexual or racial discrimination. Often, however, age-based discrimination occurs in much more subtle ways. The law has recognized this threat for some time, and has addressed it primarily through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 for almost fifty years.