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Study: 50 percent of women in science jobs face discrimination

According to a new Pew survey, a staggering 50 percent of all women who are working in STEM jobs are facing discrimination in the workplace.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and it's a broad category that encompasses many general industries.

GILBERT EMPLOYMENT LAW, P.C., CLIENT PREVAILS UNDER THE PROTECTING PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT OF 2014

On January 5, 2018, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) issued a decision in favor of Maria Fuentes, who is represented by attorneys Jillian Moo-Young, Cori Cohen, and Stephanie Herrera of the Silver Spring, Maryland law firm Gilbert Employment Law, P.C. DOES found that Vador Ventures, Inc. d/b/a Total Quality Building Services ("Total Quality"), violated the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 ("PPFWA") when it prohibited Ms. Fuentes from returning to the workplace after she requested an accommodation related to her pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions. DOES awarded Ms. Fuentes full backpay and reasonable attorneys' fees and ordered Total Quality to pay a $3,000 penalty to the Pregnant Workers Protection Fund. 

Is the workforce ageist against experienced employees?

Many recent graduates entering the workforce are often told their lack of experience is a deterrent in getting a job in their desired industry. While they may possess the proper education and a solid theoretical understanding of the field, employers may be reluctant to train an applicant from scratch who has no practical experience. Increasingly, even job descriptions listed as “entry-level” require a few years of work experience.

While the workforce seems to be getting more cut-throat for the younger, less experienced generation of workers, there is evidence of similar discrimination against older workers with a wealth of experience. Based on the above rationale to exclude applicants with insufficient experience from consideration, the decision to weed out highly experienced candidates is somewhat baffling. What is the root of this tendency?

GEL Client Prevails on Employment Discrimination Claim

On January 5, 2018, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) issued a decision in favor of Maria Fuentes, represented by Gilbert Employment Law, P.C. and found that Vador Ventures, Inc. d/b/a Total Quality Building Services ("Total Quality"), violated the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 ("PPFWA") when it prohibited Ms. Fuentes from returning to the workplace after she requested an accommodation related to her pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions. DOES awarded Ms. Fuentes full backpay and reasonable attorneys' fees and ordered Total Quality to pay a $3,000 penalty to the Pregnant Workers Protection Fund.

You cannot be fired for reporting a valid safety concern

Workers often notice safety issues and still elect to say nothing. For instance, an employer denies workers proper fall protection gear, saying it's too expensive and slows down the job. Workers know they need it, but no one has fallen yet, so everyone stays silent.

Often, the fear is simply falling out of favor with the company. If you complain to your boss, are you going to lose your job? The next time you're up for a promotion, will it go to someone else? If there's an unfavorable task that needs to be done, will it go to you? Employees are so obsessed with trying to please their employers that it makes them scared to do the right thing.

Answers For Federal Disability Retirement

You’re able to apply for federal disability retirement while still employed and up to one year after you’ve stopped working for the federal government. Here’s some questions and answers about disability retirement basics.

What are the basic qualifications for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) disability benefits?

5 examples of sexual orientation discrimination

Sexual orientation is a protected class, just like race or gender, meaning employers cannot discriminate against workers due to heterosexuality, homosexual or bisexuality.

How do you know if discrimination is present in the workplace? Here are five examples so that you know what to watch out for:

  • Giving workers of a certain sexual orientation lowering rankings and worse reviews than other workers, for no reason other than their orientation.
  • Handing out promotions to workers of one sexual orientation over workers of another.
  • Showing any other type of preferential treatment, such as giving more desirable jobs or positions to those of a specific orientation.
  • Discriminating in any way based on an assumed orientation, whether that is true or not. For instance, it is illegal to pass over someone for a promotion on the grounds that he or she is thought to be of a homosexual orientation, even if the reality is that the worker is of a heterosexual orientation.
  • Insulting someone, making disparaging remarks, threatening them or doing any other type of bullying based on orientation. Any action that can create a hostile work environment is prohibited.

Lawsuit filed over recruitment ads on Facebook

According to a lawsuit recently filed by a labor union for the communications industry, Amazon, T-Mobile and Cox Communications all placed age limits on their Facebook recruitment ads. The complaint states that the practice of limiting who can see the recruitment ads based on a person's age amounts to age discrimination.

This isn't the first Facebook has heard about the discriminating nature of their "micro-targeting" employment advertisements. In addition to restricting who sees the recruitment ads by age, advertisers can decide who sees their ads based on someone's race and interests.

The benefits of whistleblowing outweigh the risks

If you have witnessed a deliberately false invoice or other claim submitted to the government as a contractor you are potentially eligible for more than just protection. In some cases, you may be entitled to some of the funds recovered from a civil fraud prosecution.

Under the False Claims Act (FCA) a whistleblower can file a lawsuit themselves on behalf of the federal government. If the claim for reimbursement or services was found to be knowingly submitted as fraud you may be entitled to part of the damages. This is just one important way in which you are protected if you see overcharges or other claims submitted and want to report them.

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