When Enrichetta R. filed a sexual harassment complaint against a senior colleague at Columbia University business school, she may have expected some push-back. Although retaliation if illegal, it's unfortunately not uncommon for some form of retaliation to occur after a discrimination complaint.
At a recent conference of the Society for Human Resource Management, two experts spoke about the most common ways managers violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These break down into three major categories: 1) failure to take the appropriate actions when an employee needs to take leave; 2) giving the impression that taking leave would be problematic; and 3) retaliation against employees who take leave.
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.
A business development specialist at the multinational law firm Dentons has filed a state lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. The alleged events took place at the New York office of the firm, which has offices across the U.S., including in Miami.
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.