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Employee's rights and religious discrimination

The workplace can be a very diverse atmosphere, filled with employees of different races, cultures, religions and ages. Despite this being a naturally occurring and beneficial characteristic in the work environment, some employees in Minnesota and other states across the nation experience mistreatment, harassment or discrimination because of their differences. When employment discrimination occurs, it is important that employees understand how to speak out about their experience or the experience of others in order to protect their civil rights.

In Minnesota, and elsewhere in the nation, employees come for all different faiths. In some cases, religious beliefs or faiths are the reason that some employees are mistreated or discriminated against. Employees should be aware that they have employee rights, and any discrimination based on any characteristic, including religious belief, is against the law.

Former Hertz employees in Minneapolis file discrimination suit

Employees in the United States are afforded many rights in the workplace. When an employee is unlawfully terminated or endures workplace discrimination, they have options to find a legal remedy. Employees who are mistreated in the work environment or witness illegal actions in the workplace are afforded the right to take action, which could include filing an employment discrimination claim regarding the situation and seeking damages for the harm they incurred. One such legal claim was made in Minnesota, and others should take note.

A class action lawsuit was recently filed by six former employees of the Hertz rental car company at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The suit claims the company discriminated against its employees based on race, ethnicity and religion.

How does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act protect employees?

It is not uncommon for women in the work force in Minnesota and other states across the nation to get pregnant. Whether they are seeking employment or are currently employed, pregnant women should understand their rights and how the Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids discrimination based on their pregnancy and health conditions related to their pregnancy. If a pregnant woman believes that she has been mistreated or discriminated against due to her pregnancy, she should understand that she has options regarding this violation of her civil rights.

How does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act protect female employees? The Act was devised to prevent the unfavorable treatment of employees and applicants because of pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions arising out of the woman's pregnancy or childbirth. This includes any form of discrimination related to the hiring, firing, salary, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, fringe benefits, health insurance and maternity leave.

Disabled Minnesota employee awarded in discrimination suit

Whether an employee is dealing with a permanent, temporary, new or old disability, Minnesota residents should understand their rights regarding their disability and employment. When an employee lives with a disability, they should not be mistreated due to this disability. Furthermore, if they experience employment discrimination based on this disability, they might have cause to file a suit.

It was recently reported that a former disabled employee of a Minnesota municipal utility company was awarded a settlement after they filed a cause of action for disability discrimination in the workplace. This action was filed after the former IT specialist claimed he was being harassed in the workplace shortly after he had his leg amputated in 2010.

Proving employer retaliation after filing a whistleblower claim

Many employees in Minnesota are aware of whistleblower rights and the protection the regulations offer to employees. In most cases, these protective rights are used to prevent employer retaliation after an employee speaks out or files a claim regarding illegal practices and conduct within the workplace. Even though whistleblower rights protect the employee from being retaliated against or terminated for filing a claim, their employer could still retaliate. This is why it is important to understand how to address the situation, document the misconduct and prove that they are dealing with a hostile environment based on their protected conduct.

If an employee is fired based on their blowing the whistle, it is important to document facts and circumstances that could help inference that the employee's discharge was discriminatory and based on their whistleblower claim.

Verdict of a Minnesota whistleblower claim upheld

Losing a job is very concerning for any employee in Minnesota. This is especially detrimental for those that lose their job in retaliation for their speaking out about illegal practices in the workplace. In these matters, employees should understand that they may have rights under whistleblower protection. Whistleblower rights provide employees with the opportunity to file a cause of action for the damages they suffered for speaking out about illegal practices by their employer.

The Minnesota appellate court recently upheld a jury's verdict in a whistleblower case. The verdict ordered a local for-profit college to pay $395,000 in compensatory damages to a former department head. According to reports, the employee sued the school after she was terminated in retaliation for raising concerns about certain practices of the school.

Laws that help protect employees form disability discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace is a serious event. In fact, numerous laws have been passed to help protect employees from discrimination in the workplace based on their disabilities. When employees in Minnesota believe that they are being mistreated due to their disabilities, they should consider some federal laws that could help them with a cause of action and recover damages.

First, there is the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law prohibits the discrimination against people with disabilities. Furthermore, it guarantees opportunities for these individuals regarding employment, transportation and public accommodations.

What is needed for a sexual harassment suit against a supervisor?

Events in the workplace that make an employee uncomfortable should not be disregarded. They could often fall into a category of discrimination and could be acted upon. If an employer or supervisor is making unwanted advances or giving an employee inappropriate attention, this could constitute sexual harassment.

A recent Minnesota case addresses the issue of sexual harassment from a supervisor and whether actual touching is required to support the filing of a suit. According to this case, a female Ph.D. student took on a university research job at a Minnesota University. Since her focus was on birds of prey, the position included various trips to observe birds; many of them were to Alaska with her supervisor.

Who does the Age Discrimination Employment Act protect?

Whether they are seeking to return to work, are changing careers or hope to obtain a promotion in their current position, some residents in Minnesota face career challenges due to their age. Such a situation is considered age discrimination and employees and applicants should understand their rights regarding this issue. Furthermore, there are state and federal laws that protect certain employees from the problems in the work environment.

Who does the Age Discrimination Employment Act protect? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Act protects individuals that are 40 of age or more from discrimination in the workplace based upon their age. This applies to employees and applicants who experience this type of discrimination.

Rights provided to workers by whistleblower protection act

While employees in Minnesota and in states across the nation may not notice any changes in the work environment day in and day out, when certain events occur, employees should be aware of their rights and what actions they could take. Whether it is health and safety issues, a work related injury, a violation of a state or federal statute or discrimination in the workplace, employees should understand their rights as provided by whistleblower protection.

The whistleblower protection act affords employees the right to report issues regarding the health and safety of the work environment and work activities going on in the workplace. Moreover, if an employee is injured or discriminated against and they file a claim or complaint regarding this event, an employee has a right to report these incidents without the fear of being retaliated against.

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