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Can I Be Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment?

The New York Times recently published an article that discusses why women at Fox News may have been afraid to report their bosses for sexual harassment. Fox News, and specifically long-time anchor Bill O’Reilly, are in the middle of a major sexual harassment scandal. Bill O’Reilly has faced accusations of sexual harassment from female coworkers and is now under investigation by 21st Century Fox. According to the New York Times, women are not reporting sexual harassment because they fear being fired or permanently damaging their careers. Many businesses, 21st Century Fox included, have a human resources department. So why were women at Fox News afraid to discuss the harassment with human resources? According to the New York Times, women reported they were afraid of being fired if they complained. Companies also have anonymous hotlines to report harassment or other violations. However, as we saw with the Wells Fargo hotline, complaints…
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Does My Condition Qualify as A Disability?

Millions of Americans in the workforce suffer from health conditions that may qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, these workers are also discriminated against on a regular basis. Workers with disabilities may be mistreated by coworkers or their superiors. Some may be fired, demoted or kept from working on favorable assignments. Fortunately, these workers have legal protections and may be able to file a disability discrimination claim. To qualify as a disability under the ADA, your health condition must meet certain criteria. The condition must cause you significant impairment in one or more major life activities. Courts will pay close attention as to whether your condition affects your current occupation or ability to earn a living. There are other important aspects of the ADA that must be mentioned. The ADA only covers employers with 15 or more employees. This includes private businesses, employment agencies,…
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Don’t Let Employers Get Away with Language Discrimination, Your Native Language is Protected

In a recent California case involving clothing retailer Forever 21, it was determined that state civil rights laws were violated when a new ‘English only’ policy was enforced. Employees were not allowed to speak Spanish to each other or the customers, even on work breaks. California is rich in ethnic diversity, and laws are in place so that practices like these may not be enacted. Read more below to make sure your native language is being protected by your employer. How to Know if You Are a Victim of Language Discrimination: Know the law: Under the Civil rights Act of 1964, no one can be discriminated against because of their National origin. Native language is one of the main factors protected under origin. Employees unable to use their native language are often limited in employment opportunities, having their communication abilities stifled. Is it necessary for business? Certain part-time bans on…
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