After a layoff, one 45-year-old woman pored over online job ads every day searching for something equivalent to what she had been doing before. Strangely, there seemed to be no job openings despite a strong economy. Finally, someone from her old union clued her in on the fact that job recruiters are known to target online ads exclusively to younger people. Someone her age might not be given a chance to see the available opportunities.
After the #MeToo movement began, there came a new hashtag: #AskMoreofHim. The idea was to urge men in positions of power to take a more active role in preventing gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Will they? Or might it cost them to do so?
A former assistant manager in logistics at Volkswagen AG's Tennessee plant claims he was demoted after the company decided it needed to shed its "old diesel image" and re-brand itself as a "modern, young company focused on productivity, efficiency and technology." That effort involved a company-wide effort to get rid of older workers, he claims in a lawsuit.
The New York Times recently performed a review involving thousands of pages of public and court records and interviews with dozens of women and their attorneys. According to the Times, the review showed a clear pattern: Many large, prestigious U.S. companies are still systematically discriminating against pregnant women and firing them when they complain.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just settled a discrimination case against Jacksonville-based CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT). The settlement involves what is called "disparate impact" discrimination against female job applicants.
Sexual harassment scandals brought down Fox News's chairman, the late Roger Ailes, along with Bill O'Reilly, one of its leading commentators. The company had made massive, confidential payouts to women who had accused the two men of sexual harassment. Then, lawsuits and reports revealed a culture that tolerated sexual harassment and even seemed set up to facilitate it. Those discoveries led to overall scrutiny of the culture at Fox News.
Whether you're a student working one of your first jobs or an intern gaining valuable knowledge and experience, you should know that you have the right to a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, many people either don't realize that fact or are afraid to stand up for their rights.
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.