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Depression: ADA protections and employment discrimination

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, during 2012, nearly seven percent of U.S. adults reported suffering "at least one major depressive episode in the past year." For individuals who struggle with depression; feelings of overwhelming sadness and hopelessness may persist for weeks, months or even years. These types of negative feelings adversely impact sufferers in numerous ways and can be destructive to and impede personal and professional relationships and aspirations.

Why does sexual discrimination in the workplace persist?

Many Californians have likely heard statistics related to the fact that, on average, female U.S. employees earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. According to information from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), this disparity in wages is even more pronounced for women of minority groups with Hispanic women earning only "54 percent of white men's earnings." Additionally, the wage gap appears to widen with age with working women age 35 and older earning less than their younger counterparts when compared against the salaries of men.

Have you suffered employment discrimination due to a disability?

Individuals who have a physical or mental disability must often overcome many challenges in life. Historically, disabled Americans have suffered discrimination which often adversely affects one's ability to obtain and retain employment and secure financial independence.

McDonald's named in discrimination lawsuit involving franchise location

According to the International Franchise Association, an estimated 18 million U.S. workers currently work at a franchise. This equates to roughly "one out of eight U.S. private-sector jobs." The franchise model has long been regarded as a successful business model that provides for the growth and financial security of both the franchisor company and individual franchisee. However, the future of franchising in the U.S. may soon look very different as one of the largest and most successful franchises was recently named as a defendant in a workplace discrimination lawsuit. 

Transgender employees continue fight for legal protection

Individuals who are transgendered have long endured discrimination in every aspect of their lives, including in the workplace. Unfortunately, until recently, many of the legal remedies provided to other employees who suffer workplace sexual harassment and discrimination did not apply to transgender people. Consequently, there was very little a transgender employee who was forced to endure inappropriate and hateful comments or outright discrimination could do with regard to filing an employment lawsuit.

Acts of religious discrimination against Muslim Americans common

The United States has long upheld itself as a cultural melting pot. However, in recent years some contend the pot is nearing its boiling point as conservative politicians and media outlets continue to take aim at immigrants and minority groups. Muslims in the United States have especially been targeted as some continue to perpetuate misinformation and fears about individuals who are part of the Islam faith.

Gender discrimination in the workplace

Prior to the 1960s, many U.S. women did not pursue career opportunities outside the home. Fast forward 50 years and things have changed considerably and today more than 57 percent of women age 16 and older work outside the home. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of 2013 more than 127 million women age 16 and older were part of the American workforce.

Legal protections afforded to employees with physical and mental disabilities

According to the Pew Research Center, an estimated 27 percent of Americans age 18 and older have a physical or mental disability that "interferes with activities of daily living." Whether an individual is born with a physical or mental disability or a disability is the result of a later-in-life injury or medical condition, many disabled adults experience challenges in both attaining and retaining jobs.

Have you been the victim of workplace bullying?

Diversity in age, sex, religion, personal beliefs, race and sexual orientation are what makes human beings unique and interesting. Unfortunately, there are those individuals who choose to exploit and discriminate against others for their unique differences. When this type of discrimination or harassment occurs in a workplace setting, legal action may be appropriate.

For employers, an employee's age is much more than just a number

Some say age is just a number or that you're only as old as you feel. While in some respects this may be true, studies indicate that many workplaces don't hold the same view. According to the author of one age discrimination study, many employers are guilty of believing negative stereotypes related to older workers.

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