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Discrimination & Holiday Bonuses

Unfortunately, discrimination still exists in the United States, especially within the workplace environment. The prejudicial treatment on the basis of race, caste, creed, religion, and sexual orientation may lead to unfair treatment, which may not only create an uncomfortable environment for the employees but also put them in financial disadvantage.

Religion Discrimination: Know Your Rights

The United States is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. In light of history of devastation caused due to hatred fueled by religious intolerance, U.S. has devised various laws and regulations to protect rights of different religious groups. Unfortunately, religious discrimination is still prevailing in the United States, especially against minorities. Religious discrimination refers to unfavorable and unjust treatment against an individual due to their religious background.

How Discrimination Affects Requested Time off for the Holidays

In this dynamic business environment, workplaces have employees that come from different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. However, a diverse environment comes up with its own challenges, a primary one of which is ensuring that employees do not feel discriminated. This can be particularly a problem when it comes to religious holidays.

Glass Ceiling in Today's Workplace

Every employer must evaluate an employee based on their qualifications, experiences, skills, and capabilities. Sadly, these credentials may get overlooked due to discrimination in many workplaces hence the term "workplace discrimination exists". It refers to any instance where an employee may receive substandard treatment such as being offered a lower salary or facing harassment due to their age, race, sex, religious beliefs, or even pregnancy.

All You Need to Know About Transgender Discrimination

Transgenders are not a particular group of people, but a diverse community which represents individuals with different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Yet, transgenders experience discrimination on a regular basis, which affects nearly every aspect of their lives. Unsurprisingly, the workplace is not an exception, which is evident by The Williams Institute report revealing that 1 in 4 LGBT employees face discrimination. Common problems pertaining to transgender discrimination include refusal to hire, intrusion in privacy, verbal harassment, and physical violence.

A Brief Introduction to FMLA

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides an employee up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave each year with job reinstatement privileges. Accordingly, an employee is able to return to their same or equivalent job position after completion of their FLMA. This law also dictates that an employer that comes under the umbrella of FMLA also maintains health benefits for qualified workers. Employers are required by law to provide FMLA eligibility notice after requests for leave (or when they get information about qualifying reasons for leave) within 5 business days. The FMLA survey conducted by the United States Department of Labor revealed that 91% of employers that comply with FMLA had a positive effect on employee morale, absenteeism, and turnover.

A Brief Overview of Federal Employee Discrimination

The law protects a federal worker or an individual who is a job applicant from discrimination on the basis of their color, race, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetic information, or disability. The statute also provides protection to an individual from any sort of retaliation that they might face due to opposing employment discrimination, initiating a formal complaint, or playing a part in EEO grievance process provided by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Understanding Wrongful Termination

Termination or being fired from your job is a common occurrence. Every year, thousands of people lose their jobs due to a wide range of reasons and subsequently get new jobs as well. While termination is a norm, there are some instances where termination is considered to be unfair and wrongful.

How to Deal With Retaliatory Discharge

Every year thousands of people lose their jobs due to retaliatory discharge. Under the law, employers cannot fire an employee as a punishment for a protected activity. While the law in Illinois allows employers to fire their employees for any reason they deem fit, it provides certain protection to the workers as well. But due to confusion and lack of clarity regarding the legal rights, most employees do not realize that they have been made a victim of retaliatory discharge.

What Does Gender Discrimination Entail?

Gender equality is a basic human right which stipulates that every person is treated equally regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Both federal and state laws provide comprehensive protection but people continue to be discriminated on the basis of their gender. Statistically, women are more prone to discrimination due to their gender. Although the law allows people to file a claim if they believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their gender, most people do not exercise their civil rights due to lack of knowledge. According to sex discrimination lawyers, while most women are affected by gender discrimination, other gender can also be affected by discriminatory behaviors.

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