State laws vary regarding what are considered protected classes when it comes to workplace, housing and other types of discrimination. Sometimes, individual cities and municipalities implement laws to protect classes that state law doesn't. That was the case last month in Beckley.
Two men are suing Union Carbide Corp., alleging they were fired from their jobs because of their ages.
Companies across the country continue to discriminate against pregnant employees even though it's illegal. This discrimination often takes the form of being denied raises and promotions. Some employers find reasons to fire pregnant employees before they begin their maternity leaves.
No one should have to endure harassment at work — whether it's sexual harassment or being harassed because of who you are or what you believe. Often, people put up with it because they don't want to risk losing their jobs. They may fear that by reporting it, they'll only worsen the situation.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined elected officials in 15 other states to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling in an employment discrimination case. The elected officials -- all Republican -- include three governors and 12 state attorneys general (AGs). They signed the amicus curiae brief filed last month by one of those AGs.
If you're facing sexual harassment at work, it's likely impacting your mental and maybe even your physical health, as well as your ability to do your job. Your human resources department should help you. However, not all human resources professionals have employees' best interests at heart. Other times, they try to do the right thing, but the perpetrators may be too high up in the organization to discipline.
One of the arguments often used by employers for not hiring women for certain jobs is that they're not strong enough to do the tasks required. A lawsuit filed against CSX Transportation here in West Virginia claimed that the tests it required job applicants to pass discriminated against women. One, -- the "IPCS Biodex" test -- is used to test endurance as well as arm muscle strength.
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.
Can your employer force you to get a vaccination for the flu or anything else?
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.