For the second consecutive year, the civil rights organization known as Human Rights Campaign has released its Municipal Equality Index (MEI). This index indicates the different ways that major cities are serving the cause of eliminating sexual orientation discrimination and ways in which they can better promote this goal throughout a given city’s workplaces, government and general culture. Human Rights Campaign evaluated Los Angeles in addition to 290 other American cities from across the nation.
Sexual harassment in the workplace comes in many forms. “Quid pro quo” harassment, for example, involves employment actions that are conditioned on a demand for a sexual favor and could result in termination or other adverse actions when refused. In other cases, it may be inappropriate comments, lewd behavior or suggestive statements that create a hostile work environment.
The American workforce is aging. A significant number of baby boomers are choosing to remain employed rather than to retire at the same age that their parents did. There are a number of advantages to having an older workforce, including the significant experience that elderly employees bring to the table. However, not all businesses and managerial staff value their older employees in the ways that they should.
When college students and other individuals seeking experience land unpaid internships at companies in their fields of choice, they are generally so overwhelmed by happiness at the opportunity that the unpaid nature of the positions does not bother them much. Internships can allow individuals to gain valuable experience, visibility and connections. However, as interns are not generally as protected from certain hazards under the law as employees are, they often find themselves to be in a uniquely vulnerable position.