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Understanding the signs of employment discrimination

Even when residents in Minnesota find a job that they really love, they still deal with the natural ups and downs involved with having a career. Some of these events might make them temporarily dislike their jobs or even co-workers or their employers. While it is common to have bad days at work, employees should note that there are certain occurrences in the workplace that should not be tolerated. Specifically, employment discrimination should not be overlooked and it is important to note the signs of it.

Because some employees do not speak out about employment discrimination or they simply do not know how to recognize it, there are some common signs. It is also important to note that forms of discrimination can occur in different ways and manners and are often defined as the unfavorable treatment of an employee due to his or her race, gender, disability, religion or age.

Understanding what disability discrimination looks like

No matter the characteristics of an individual, obtaining a good and fulfilling career in a safe and supportive workplace should be available to all those seeking employment. Residents in Minnesota who struggle with disabilities often face struggles such as the constraints that their disability includes. Despite being constrained mentally or physically, employees should not face unemployment or termination due to their disabilities. Disability discrimination is a serious issue that could cause a hostile work environment or even the unlawful discharge of an employee.

Not being hired due to a disability is a serious form of employment discrimination and could result in a cause of action. Disability discrimination comes in various forms, but they all stem from employees being treated differently due to their disability, perceived disability or other characteristics associated with a type of disability.

Understanding the signs of sexual harassment in the workplace

Various issues could present themselves in the work environment. When employees in Minnesota struggle with certain actions by their co-workers or superiors, this could lead to a hostile work environment. When unwanted sexual advances are made, this could be an incident of sexual harassment and the worker does have options to get out of the situation. For some employees, these occurrences are not easily noticed, which leads to little to no action taken. It is important to be fully aware of the actions of others in the work place and to speak up about any concerns.

In order to fully establish whether an employee is a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, they should understand the forms they come in and what signs to look for. A recent report highlighted the fact that it is not simply an issue about gender, race or any other defining characteristic but rather a workplace rights issue. An employee has the right to be comfortable in the work environment and free from conduct that could be physically, emotionally and mentally threatening and humiliating.

Ex-director files discrimination charges against Northfield COC

Employees in Minnesota understand that bad workweeks happen, and some might even make career changes due to the work environment not being a proper fit. Despite this, employees should not quit or be terminated for improper reasons. A wrongful termination could be based on employment discrimination. When an employer bases their hiring and firing decisions on the specific characteristics of the employee, this could be ground for a civil action.

It was recently confirmed that the former director of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce filed discrimination charges against the Northfield Chamber. These claims date from November 2013 when she was presumably terminated. Months after the incident, the former director contacted the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to establish whether investigation of her termination was warranted.

Dismissed sexual harassment claim revived

No matter the gender of an employee, if an employer or co-worker makes him or her feel uncomfortable or creates a hostile work environment, there are different actions that can be taken to address the situation. In the case of sexual harassment, comments or inappropriate attention could cause an employee to take action or fail to comply with these advancements. This could eventually lead to the employee quitting or suffering wrongful termination.

The Minnesota Appeals Court recently revived a sexual harassment claim that was filed by a library administrator. The claim was originally filed in Wabasha County District Court and alleged that the woman suffered sexual harassment, was wrongfully terminated. The complaint also claimed that the city violated the open meeting laws.

Increase in work visas blamed for wrongful terminations

An employee in Minnesota often seeks to keep their job until they retire, change career paths or pursue further education. A worker does not expect to be terminated without a good reason. If a situation such as workplace discrimination occurs, workers are not often aware of their options in the situation let alone that they may be in an employment discrimination circumstance.

As foreign work visas continue to increase and expand, so do the number of jobs now being held by immigrant workers. These newly-arriving, skilled and unskilled temporary workers have recently caused much concern for those who have been laid-off, particularly in the tech sector. Some employees have been claiming that they lost their jobs to a foreign worker because their employers are able to pay them less for the same position.

Supreme Court rules on whistleblower testimony protection

When it comes to speaking out about possible violations in the workplace, federal employees in Minnesota and across the nation often fear that taking that step might harm their personal and professional life. Fear of retaliation is a legitimate concern to have when it comes to reporting a violation of federal law by an employer. In these matters, whistleblower protections are initiated and help ensure the employee is not harmed by speaking out about the information they have uncovered about their employer or superiors.

The justices of the Supreme Court recently made a unanimous ruling that public employees have a constitutional right to be protected from job retaliation when they are in court testifying about official corruption. Specifically, they ruled that the First Amendment provides this protection.

Settlement reached after hotel workers claim age discrimination

As employees age, they often consider whether they want to remain at their job. They could also face the decision to change careers or whether they should retire. Despite these thoughts, employers should not be the ones to establish whether an older employee will remain in their position. Wrongful termination due to age biases violates the civil rights of the employee.

After four former employees filed an age discrimination suit against Interstate Hotels and Resorts, a settlement was recently reached. The Virginia-based firm that managed the Kahler Grand Hotel, located in Rochester, agreed to a confidential settlement for the claims that stemmed from statements made by management at the hotel.

Taking action against sexual harassment in the workplace

Getting inappropriate attention or advances in the workplace can create a very uncomfortable environment for employees. Workers in Minnesota are often concerned about a safe and healthy workplace, and when instances of sexual harassment occur, this could seriously affect their career and emotional well-being. Moreover, this could lead to a hostile work environment and cause the employee to endure various damages from the events.

A recent report focused on the seriousness of sexual harassment in the workplace and what counterarguments there are against the excuses brought on by the harasser. Properly addressing these events could reduce the negative effects that could occur when a worker avoids filing a complaint or taking action.

Wrongful termination report almost done for former Vikings punter

Obtaining and maintaining a dream career is often the goal when an individual expands their education and increases their skills and experience. Yet, even when he or she gets such a job, various obstacles could be present in the work environment that makes it difficult to keep the position. For some employees, this could mean experiencing employment discrimination. This could be in the form of a hostile workplace and which may result in job loss. If an employee believes he or she has endured a wrongful termination, he or she may be able to file a civil lawsuit in an effort to recover damages.

Minnesota Vikings fans are aware of the allegations made by the team's former punter, Chris Kluwe. Following statements regarding his support for same-sex marriage and his remarks concerning homophobic statements allegedly made by the special-teams coordinator, Kluwe believes he was wrongfully terminated.

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