Workplace Discrimination Archives

What we can learn from Carmelo Anthony's experience

We rarely discuss sports on this blog, but the situation brewing between New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, the team’s president of basketball operations gives us a high profile workplace scenario that is worth discussing.

Don't let social media doom your case before it gets started

If you love social media, you’re certainly not alone. Websites that enable us to share our feelings and our lives in real time (in some instances) have become a ubiquitous, ingrained part of our culture. So just as it is easy to share how much we like ice cream and new outfits, we can vent our frustration with what is going on in our lives.

Will sexual orientation be a protected class under Title VII?

There is a legal conundrum making its way through federal appellate courts throughout the country surrounding the extent of the protections guaranteed under Title VII: Can a sexual orientation discrimination clam proceed under Title VII?

Three things to consider before a settlement conference

If you are in the midst of an employment discrimination lawsuit, chances are that a some point you will be invited to (or ordered to attend) a settlement conference. This is an opportunity for the parties to sit down and get to the heart of the issues to see if the case can be resolved. Judges relish these opportunities for parties because of the high cost of litigation and it provides a chance for people to resolve their differences quickly.

What to know before bringing a discrimination lawsuit

It is normal for employees to want solid working relationships with their supervisors; especially around this time of year (when annual reviews are made).  Think of it; a healthy relationship is not only good for productivity, it may also open up advancement opportunities that may not be available in adversarial employer-employee relationships.

What holiday workers should know about background checks

The holiday shopping season is just three weeks away; which means that retailers are hiring in earnest in anticipation for a possible record-breaking season. This means that applicants will likely go through a battery of interviews and background checks before receiving a formal offer. As such, knowing how background checks work and how they can affect your future employment is very important; not only for securing a job, but also for asserting your legal rights in the event an employer breaks the law.

Can your hairstyle lead to a discrimination case?

Indeed, in most white-collar professions there is an expectation of professionalism; both in appearance and how one conducts themselves. But who has the right to determine what is “professional” and what is not? This is a question decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th  Circuit stemming from a case where a job applicant was given a job offer only to have it rescinded when she would not cut her dreadlocks. 

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