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.
Many people see their careers as more than "just a job." It becomes their livelihood, and it is a pillar of their being. They want to do everything possible to advance their career and to further the company's vision and initiatives.
A despicable incident at Kona international airport in Honolulu, Hawaii has led to a lead line service supervisor being discriminated against at work. The incident happened in the locker room of the airport, when the service supervisor, a black man, went to his locker only to find a noose and a lynching rope placed there by some of his fellow employees. The incident occurred in 2016, and the man is suing Hawaiian Airlines for the workplace discrimination he endured.
When a group of people works together towards a common goal, there are bound to be moments of elation -- and moments where the members of the group are at odds. This is just inherent to any group dynamic, and being able to work through these tough times is essential to a successful project.
One of the most upsetting and frustrating things about our world is that even as we progress technologically and grow personally and intellectually, there are still far too many cases where workers are discriminated against. Some people simply use factors that are irrelevant to job performance to gate their employment community and their company, and it's despicable.
Uber continues to experience a very difficult year. About five months ago, we highlighted the sexual harassment issues the company was having. This issue came on the heels of some very public legal spats with Google over some self-driving technology. And swirling around it all was then-CEO Travis Kalanick, who has since been removed from his position and is no longer involved with Uber as CEO. He apparently still has his position on the board of directors.
Three women have filed a lawsuit against Google after they claimed to have been paid less than their male counterparts while doing the same amount and level of work. Additionally, the women claim that they were placed on lower job ladders. The allegations are very serious, and the lawsuit seeks class action status for other women who worked at Google over the last four years.
Going to work may be difficult some days, but at the very least, you should be able to count on feeling safe and comfortable at work. You should be in your office and have the feeling that no other employee is judging you or discriminating against you based on any factor. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and as a result plenty of employees are discriminated against every day in the United States.