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Employers have a duty to protect against sexual harassment

Employers are required to follow sexual harassment laws. Part of enforcing this law is ensuring that there are policies and procedures in place to address and abate this problem as it arises. In addition, employers need to help foster an environment in which sexual harassment simply isn't tolerated.

Paper explores race discrimination in modern America

Over the past several years, the discussion concerning race relations in America has changed significantly. Many individuals have cited events like the election of President Obama and the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Voting Rights Act as evidence that race discrimination no longer plays a significant role in American life. However, a new paper that will soon be published in American Psychologist indicates that while it may appear in different forms than it has in the past, racial discrimination is very much alive in both the American workforce and other contexts.

Sex discrimination at work: Professor shifts focus of debate

Over the past several years, a debate has raged in the media and among the general public concerning the issue of sexual discrimination in the modern American workplace. Most recently, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg encouraged women to “Lean In” within the workforce in order to become more capable and successful leaders.

Many older workers are struggling with age discrimination

In 1997, 15,785 age discrimination claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In 2013, a staggering 21,396 claims alleging this type of employment discrimination were filed with the agency. Partially due to these raw numbers and partially due to the stories of affected workers being highlighted by the media, it has become apparent that age discrimination is on the rise in the American workplace.

Consensual affairs at work may lead to sexual harassment charges

Sexual harassment can take on many forms and encompasses much more than obviously suggestive comments or gestures. Any inappropriate behavior that makes an individual feel uncomfortable may be seen as sexual harassment, despite how subtle it may be. California residents may be interested in a 2005 sexual harassment finding of the California Supreme Court.

Pregnant California woman part of discrimination lawsuit

For many women, finding out they are pregnant is a time of joy and celebration. They look forward to the future and expanding of their families. The last thing on their minds should be whether or not they will lose their jobs, simply because they are pregnant.

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