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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.

Are you being bullied at work?

As an employee, you expect your workplace not only to be safe, healthy and secure but also free from harassment and other debilitating intra-company personal interactions. Unfortunately, however, your particular workplace may not live up to your expectations, especially if you must work with or around one or more bullies.

Lawsuits accuse IBM of widespread age discrimination

In March, the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica released an exposé on alleged age discrimination at IBM. In May, a 60-year-old IBM employee from Texas who was laid off last year filed a federal lawsuit accusing the company of targeting older workers for layoffs. Now, three former employees from New York have filed a class action complaining that they, too, were laid off because of their ages, which range from 55 to 67.

EEOC sues Walmart for failing to accommodate pregnant women

"What our investigation indicated is that Walmart had a robust light duty program that allowed workers with lifting restrictions to be accommodated," the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a statement. "But Walmart deprived pregnant workers of the opportunity to participate in its light duty program. This amounted to pregnancy discrimination, which violates federal law."

Could you lose a promotion due to religious discrimination?

If you have been working at the same company with room for upward movement for several years, you may feel you are due for a promotion. Some people who find themselves waiting for years or longer for a promotion which they feel they deserve may start to wonder if there is a specific reason why the offer never seems to come.

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