Imagine that you walk into your office one day and your manager is waiting at your desk. He or she tells you to come to their office to discuss an important matter. It is there that you learn you are being laid off or terminated, and as a result you will no longer be working for the company. Of course, you have put in plenty of hours since your last paycheck, and after the shock of the day wears off, you start to wonder: what about those hours I worked? When will I get my next paycheck?
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, more people have become more forthcoming about the harassment they have endured over the years. Although the movement has so far focused primarily on Hollywood and politics, harassment occurs in every industry. The issue may even be more prevalent than most people realize because some workers are still too afraid to come forward.
In a perfect world, there would be no discrimination of any kind. People wouldn't look at each other and judge them based on a single characteristic or detail. Things would be simpler, and there would be a vast number of critical issues that wouldn't threaten people's safety and well-being. However, we don't live in that perfect world. Utopia continues to escape us.
Some incredible information was released recently about Microsoft and their handling of gender discrimination complaints within the company. The information was released as a part of a lawsuit that Microsoft is currently defending, one that dates back to 2015 when it was alleged that the company denied women chances at promotions and refused raise requests.
A major ruling out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit says that the Civil Rights Act protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. This is considered a massive breakthrough for LGBTQ rights and it is unknown at this time whether the case will be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States. The ruling is supported by another appeals court, though a third court in Atlanta ruled the other way.
Florida offers at-will employment. This means employers can fire employees at-will without any pertinent reasoning. However, it also means employees can leave a place of work for any reason immediately without providing any explanation.
Last week, we talked about sexual harassment prevention and how companies that provide this training are getting far more requests than ever before. This coincides with the expanding national discussion about sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace, and it is important to see this matter to cause some genuine movement towards progress.