An Atlanta appeals court decision over the firing of a lesbian security guard has upended the definition of sex-based discrimination used by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
It seems hardly believable that a school district in this modern age wouldn't have a policy in place to deal with the maternity leave of one of its administrators.
How old is too old to be relevant in today's tech job market? If the number of lawsuits alleging age discrimination in California are any indication, it doesn't take long before you "age out" of the market as far as high-tech employers are concerned.
As people live longer, healthier lives, more remain in the workforce into their senior years. Many also continue working or seeking work because they're not in a financial position to retire.
It is more common for pregnant women in California and beyond to work outside the home than in generations past. The federal government has dealt with workplace discrimination against pregnancy since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The original act did not include pregnant women in its list of protected individuals, and for almost 15 years women struggled to convince Congress to amend the law. Finally, in 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was enacted to protect women from losing their positions simply because they were expecting.
In 1973, the first female pilot was hired by a major commercial airline in the United States. Before that time, men flew the planes, and women were flight attendants. While women in California and across the country have been making strides against workplace discrimination, some feel that the airline industry is not keeping up, especially when it comes to new and nursing mothers.
Discrimination against a pregnant woman is not uncommon in the workplace. A conductor of a symphony production claims she was fired from her job because she complained about workplace discrimination that occurred during her second pregnancy. The California woman's first pregnancy ended in miscarriage about a year after she began working for the production company. When she became pregnant for the second time, she feels the producers mistreated her.
At some point in nearly everyone's life, he or she will have to care for someone else. Whether it is a child, an elderly parent or a sick spouse, caring for others is a part of life. Unfortunately, the number of cases in California involving workplace discrimination against caregivers suggests that some employers may not recognize the importance of being there when someone needs you.
As many people have likely heard, the U.S. Women's national soccer team has had a contentious relationship with their governing body, U.S. Soccer. Yesterday, a few members of the women's team filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer for wage discrimination.