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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Report racism in the workplace when you see it

Racism is a hot-button topic these days, thanks to a lot of media exposure of racially-charged incidents across the country. There's an ugly undercurrent of racism happening in a lot of businesses — and both customers and employees can be damaged as a result.

Federal laws were established to protect pregnant women's rights

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws apply in all workplaces in which 15 or more individuals are on staff. Pregnant women are one of the many different groups of people that are protected from discrimination or harassment in the workplace by the EEOC.

A Huntington woman is allegedly fired because of her sexuality

A former employee of the Huntington-based Special Metals Corp. has sued the company for wrongful termination. She alleges that she was let go from her laborer and crane operator role on June 9, 2016, moments after showing up to begin her third shift job at the company.

Employers are still firing women for being pregnant

Nearly four decades ago, the U.S. Congress passed a law called the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) that was intended to prevent employers from firing a woman because she was pregnant. The PDA mandates that employers adhere to the same type of temporary physical restrictions for pregnant women that they would for any other employee who required temporary restrictions due to a physical condition. These accommodations often involve assigning workers to "light duty," including a restriction on how much weight they're required to lift.

Can women discriminate against other women?

A lot of times, women feel like they've endured some serious discrimination at work -- but they're not sure they have a chance at making a lawsuit for workplace discrimination stick because the primary person doing the discrimination was another woman. Is it really even possible for one woman to discriminate against another for being a woman?

State may be 'hot spot for anti-LGBTQ legislation in 2017'

Although numerous advances in equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been made in recent years, there are still many states where LGBT people can be discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. West Virginia is one of those states.

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