Retaliation in the workplace occurs when an employer takes adverse action against an employee because they participated in a protected activity. An example of a protected activity is whistleblowing an illegal action at work. Retaliation can negatively impact a person’s life and career and can be difficult to prove without a skilled employment lawyer. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation is one of the most commonly reported issue in the workplace, particularly amongst employees in the[…] Read More
What Are the Consequences of a Hostile Work Environment?
Employees subjected to a hostile work environment might think they can put up with this kind of treatment, but the consequences can have long-term negative effects. Employers are responsible for promoting safe, comfortable work environments where their workers will not be intimidated, harassed, discriminated, or abused. Still, many employees face hostile workplaces, and some are too afraid to speak out. The hallmarks of these environments include employee burnout, high incidences of complaints, absenteeism, lack of resources, and poor communication. The[…] Read More
Can the Company Be Responsible if My Boss Is Sexually Harassing Me?
Sexual harassment in the workplace is common and can occur in many forms. Repeated unwanted advances, inappropriate comments, and attempts to exchange privileges for sexual favors are all considered sexual harassment and are illegal. The U.S Supreme Court notes that a company acts through its supervisors and employment actions and therefore holds the company culpable and liable for sexual harassment. Additionally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that investigates sexual harassment claims, considers that if a supervisor’s[…] Read More
Is Diabetes Considered a Disability in the Workplace?
Workers with diabetes are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Diabetes is a medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Many of these individuals live full, productive lives, including maintaining employment. However, despite laws preventing discrimination against people with disabilities at work, workers with diabetes may still experience discrimination related to their condition. It is important to understand what qualifies as discrimination and how to protect your rights as an employee. Discrimination against employees with diabetes can[…] Read More
What Are Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers?
Pregnancy discrimination is unlawful at both the state and federal levels. All workers are federally protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (CRA), which makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees and applicants on the basis of gender, race, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, and in some states, gender identity. The CRA was later amended to include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), prohibiting pregnancy-related sex or gender discrimination. Discrimination regulations apply to each of the[…] Read More