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Employment law changes enacted this year, so far

It is hard to believe that it is already September. It seems like only yesterday Americans were making New Year’s resolutions and rolling their eyes at the presence of Valentine’s Day fare in retail stores. However, it is indeed already autumn and many changes in the nation’s laws over the past nine months illustrate just how transformative 2014 has been to-date.

How do I file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC?

Under numerous circumstances, individuals wishing to hold an entity or entities accountable for legal conduct benefit both from filing a civil lawsuit and from alerting government agencies to the situation at hand. These simultaneous actions are often undertaken in both personal injury and business litigation scenarios. In the employment law context however, individuals must often alert a specific government agency to their plight before they can legally file an employment discrimination lawsuit.

How do I get approved for FMLA leave from work?

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law designed to allow workers to take time away from their jobs for specific and important parental and health reasons without fear of losing their positions or experiencing retaliation. If you or your spouse has recently given birth to or adopted a baby, or if you have a debilitating illness or injury and need to take time off of work to recover, you may be eligible to take FMLA leave.

Labor Department acts to protect transgender employees

In April of 2012, the influential Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held in a case entitled Macy v. Holder that employment discrimination against transgender individuals is indeed considered sex discrimination under the meaning advanced by federal law. This landmark case inspired hope within the LGBT community and among human rights advocates that transgender workers would be subjected to fewer and fewer instances of employment discrimination and that transgender discrimination victims would more easily be able to hold responsible parties accountable in court.

Seemingly subtle race discrimination persists in the workforce

In our last post, we discussed the fact that discrimination in the modern workplace often appears in relatively subtle forms. Discriminatory behaviors can be so subtle that many victims are left wondering if there has actually been any intentional wrongdoing on the part of their employers or co-workers.

Lessons from the UCLA Business School sex discrimination scandal

Sometimes the most startling discoveries about discrimination in the American workplace are made inside the very institutions that either intentionally or unintentionally support discriminatory policies, procedures and behaviors. Recently, an internal academic review conducted by professionals at the prestigious Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles revealed that this top-ranked business school operates in ways that make it “inhospitable to women faculty.”

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.

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.

Boeing's engineers union investigating possible age discrimination

Earlier this month, airplane manufacturing giant Boeing made headlines when it announced that it would be adding 1,000 engineering positions here in Southern California. While the announcement was undoubtedly met with great enthusiasm by some, it has also generated a fair amount of controversy.

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