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Can my employer dictate my hairstyle?

A hairstyle is an often personal, sometimes artistic expression of a person's self. Many people of color experience discrimination in the workplace based on their hairstyles and this issue is becoming more and more relevant as people come forward to speak about discriminatory experiences. In this case, Forbes urges employers to reassess their policies on personal grooming to ensure they're not inadvertently using a discriminatory practice. 

Dealing with the denial of disability discrimination

Those who are subjected to disability discrimination may encounter a number of challenges in their lives, both from a short-term standpoint and a long-term perspective as well. Anger, depression and anxiety are common, especially if someone is struggling with financial problems due to the discrimination or they are facing challenges in their career. Unfortunately, disability discrimination is more prevalent than many people realize, especially since some people have difficulty identifying this type of mistreatment when it takes place. Worse, some managers and employers who break the law deny wrongdoing, which can make it harder for victims to recover.

Working from home and discrimination

Often, when people think about discrimination in the workplace, they picture businesses with a brick-and-mortar presence where employees are physically present while performing their job duties. However, it is important to keep in mind that workers may be subjected to various types of discrimination even if they do not have to physically show up to work every day. Thanks to rapid technological advancements, an increasing number of people telecommute, which can be very convenient for workers and employers alike. Unfortunately, discrimination also takes place in these scenarios as well, and we will review some examples in this post.

Age discrimination often a barrier for older workers

As an older person seeking employment in Florida, you may find that you face an uphill battle, and that you are up against certain hurdles you did not typically face when you were younger. Unfortunately, age discrimination is alarmingly common across Florida and the United States, despite the fact that there are laws in place banning employers from discriminating on the basis of age. At the Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, P.A., we recognize that there are certain protections in place for American workers who are 40 or older, and we have helped many victims of this type of treatment pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.

How can I handle microaggressions?

Microaggressions are seemingly minor expressions of prejudicial sentiment that can have a major impact. Even if the perpetrator meant no harm the victim of the state could be left feeling uncomfortable, offended, and even unwelcome in the workplace. The American Psychological Association offers the following tips on how to address microaggressions in professional settings.

Can my religious beliefs get me fired?

If you are a non-Christian worker in Fort Lauderdale, you have probably wondered if your religious beliefs could get you fired. The unfortunate answer is that an employer may indeed fire you because of your beliefs. While in most instances, non-Christians are the victims of these situations, Christians who work for employers of other belief systems may be affected, too.

Reviewing promotion trends in the U.S.

Nearly every working professional in Fort Lauderdale likely shares the same goal: to have their efforts recognized through a promotion. The concept of promotion assumes that such an achievement is merit-based, yet many cases have shown that career progression can be influenced by factors outside of an employee's control. In certain circumstances, those factors might be motivated by discrimination. The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission is quite clear in saying that it is unlawful for an employer to base its decisions regarding promotions on age, sex, race, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. Yet determining when that has happened can be a challenge. 

How can I deal with a work bully?

It’s an unfortunate fact that many Florida workplaces are home to bullies. While this may seem like a problem relegated to the classroom, bullying behavior can make your work life extremely unpleasant or even hostile in some cases. That’s why The Balance offers the following advice, which will help you deal with bullies and ensure they are brought to the attention of your supervisors.

When might nepotism be considered discrimination?

If the owner of your company recently hired his son as your manager, another co-worker might have privately complained about it as a case of nepotism. What is nepotism, you might wonder? Is it illegal, and how can it affect your workplace? You and other Florida residents may be interested in learning when nepotism might be acceptable and whether it could qualify as discrimination.

Justice Department appeals ruling protecting transgender workers

In 2016, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of a transgender woman who was fired from her funeral home job after announcing her transition. The appellate panel said that "discrimination against employees, either because of their failure to conform to sex stereotypes or their transgender or transitioning status, is illegal under Title VII" of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII, one of our main civil rights laws, prohibits employment discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion or sex.

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