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Steps to take when you encounter workplace discrimination

Workplace discrimination continues to be a serious problem, despite the many advances we have made in employee protections over the years. It is never pleasant to experience or confront, and many employees do not know exactly how to respond when they encounter discrimination in the workplace. If you experience discrimination in the workplace, you have a duty and opportunity to make your workplace safer by standing up for your rights — but how exactly does an employee do this?

Health care providers under fire for treating employees unfairly

If you suffer from a medical condition that affects your ability to perform certain tasks, you may have some protections available through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC, among other things, files charges against employers who do not comply properly with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

How does the EEOC process work in Arizona?

State and federal laws protect employees and job applicants from discrimination. For example, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or a job applicant on the basis of his or her race, gender, pregnancy, age (40 or older), disability or membership in another legally protected class.

Is it legal to fire a person for participating in hate speech?

Recent events in the news have placed a renewed focus on the rights (or lack of rights) of individuals who choose to align themselves with certain political affiliations, such as white supremacy groups. These circumstances shed an important light on a very complicated area of law — the rights of a person to hold an opinion that others find offensive or even dangerous. The law makes it very clear in the first amendment that individuals of all beliefs have the right to free speech, but speaking freely often carries serious consequences.

Are you a victim of age discrimination at work?

After years or even decades on the job, some workers are suddenly finding themselves unemployed, laid off for reasons they may not completely understand. You may worry that this will happen to you. You may feel frustrated and confused if your work evaluations have been good until recently or you see others your age receiving termination notices even though the business doesn't seem to be falling on any hard times that would necessitate a layoff.

Study finds sexual harassment rampant in the scientific community

If you are a woman in the workplace, it is very likely that you have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment or discrimination. However, a study recently revealed that women who work in certain scientific fields are far more likely to suffer unfair treatment. If you work in the sciences, it is crucial to stand up for justice in the workplace, not only for yourself but for those around you.

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.