Whether fueled by hatred and anger or general ignorance, acts of discrimination and harassment have no place in any workplace. From comments, jokes and insinuations to overt acts of aggression; no employee should ever feel disrespected or bullied because of their national origin or religion.
State and federal laws exist to protect employees from workplace discrimination. Forms of workplace discrimination can include being discriminated against or harassed based on one's race, age, sex, sexual orientation and religion. While cases of religious discrimination related to an employee's clothing or beliefs are more common, those that relate to an employee's refusal to practice or engage in certain religious activities and behaviors while at work are far less common.
The United States was established by individuals seeking more personal freedom. Today, millions of men and women of all ages, races, income brackets and sexual orientations enjoy these freedoms and live and work throughout the country. Many of these individuals have at one time or another faced some sort of discrimination. In cases where an individual reports suffering discrimination in the workplace, legal action may be appropriate.
The United States has long been revered as a country where individuals are free to express their opinions and beliefs. Today people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and religions live and work in the U.S. The changing face of American society is reflected in workplaces across the country as people of differing ages, faiths and ethnic backgrounds work side by side.
Every employee has a right to a safe workplace which is free of harassment, violence and discrimination. In fact, employers who either condone or engage in discriminatory actions against an employee may find themselves the subject of an employment discrimination lawsuit.
In December 2013, Josh Piovia-Scott and co-counsel secured a judgment in the amount of $3,326,951.18 in San Diego Superior Court on behalf of a client who was discriminated against based on her sexual orientation.
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.
Did you know that federal law allows employers to discriminate against employees or potential employees because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation? Despite several attempts over the last few decades to pass a law outlawing such discrimination in the workplace, none have passed. Last week, however, senators offered some hope that LGBT employees would finally protected.