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Discrimination & Harassment Archives

Subtle gender discrimination in the workplace

Although there are many laws in place with a goal to prevent discrimination in the workplace in the United States, the sad fact is that gender discrimination still occurs, both in subtle and nonsubtle ways. Sometimes, it is acts of microaggressions that create a negative atmosphere in the workplace, and these are what need to be challenged from a legal perspective if real change is to be made.

What does disparate impact discrimination mean?

There are many protections in place to makes sure that people have the right not to be discriminated against at work. This means that if it can be proven that a person was treated negatively in the working environment because of his or her age, race, gender, disability, nationality, religion, marital status or pregnancy, he or she is automatically protected and can file a discrimination claim.

Was I a victim of religious discrimination?

Diversity in the workplace is a very important issue, because everyone should have the right to feel safe and respected at work. Everyone also has the right not to be treated negatively because of the discriminatory views of their co-workers or employer.

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.

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.

Harassment reporting rules changed in Annapolis

The sexual harassment policy will be updated in the state of Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly will begin its next lawmaking session in January but the Legislative Policy Commission already voted on an update to the sexual harassment policy earlier this month for those working in the state capital of Annapolis.

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