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Employment discrimination law continues to evolve

We frequently write about various developments in employment law at both state and federal levels. It is important for attorneys, employers and workers alike to remain educated about advancements in employment law, as failure to foster such awareness can lead to injustices. For example, if employers are not aware that workers have been granted new legal protections, they may unintentionally infringe upon them. Similarly, if workers are unaware of their rights under the law, they may be more easily taken advantage of.

For the most part, the evolution of employment law favors progress. Over the past several decades, numerous vulnerable classifications of workers have received improved protections under the law. Unfortunately, sometimes the evolution of American law involves regression. In such instances, Florida lawmakers, lawmakers in other states or federal lawmakers strip workers of protections they may have once had access to.

For example, the governor of Kansas recently issued an executive order stripping state employees of protection from discrimination based on their sexuality. Although Kansas has honored such protections since 2007, the governor felt it was appropriate to roll them back.

It is not always easy to understand what the law does and does not protect against in the realm of employment law. Therefore, it can be beneficial for concerned employers and workers to consult local attorneys experienced in this area of law with any questions they may have. It is far better to take the time to seek clarification than it is to deal with the consequences of an employment law violation.

Source: New York Magazine, “Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order Making It Legal to Discriminate Against LGBT State Employees,” Jessica Roy, Feb. 11, 2015

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