We hear most people preaching about equal chances and civil rights. If everyone were to practice what they preach, we would not need to settle discrimination matters in court anymore. But such situations occur, especially at work places. Here are some situations that require seeking professional help.
Obese and disabled people have the same rights of keeping a job as anyone else. Since severe obesity is now considered a disability, obese employees can file for a lawsuit in case they are harassed, fired or forced in any way to resign. If obese employees cannot move due to their obesity, they can request accommodation facilities. Employees should not be afraid of losing their job in case they benefit from medical leave. Employers are not allowed to investigate disabilities of employees after they’ve signed the employment agreement. Nor are they allowed to ask about them when taking recruiting interviews.
Retaliating against family members
Employers should keep in mind that they can face nasty lawsuits in case they take action against employees just because someone close to them may it be friends or family members, made a complaint about something. As a matter of fact, asking a job candidate about whether someone they know works may be unlawful in case it creates a preference in the selection process.
Younger employees are an often target of harassment because of their age. However, being a teenager doesn’t mean they can be pushed around. Just as grown-ups have civil rights, younger employees can also address a lawyer in case they are wronged at their workplace. Age can be a factor of discrimination for people older than 40. If this is the case, employees are entitled to suit, provided they have evidence that age is the reason of harassment of firing.
Discrimination related to nationality or race
It’s understandable that all employees need to speak English. But employers who let go of employees based on accent or nationality are very likely to face trial. Harassment, regardless of its nature based on national origins is also illegal. Unless there is solid evidence an employee poses as a threat to other employees, he or she cannot be harassed based on national origin.
Many employers are reluctant to recruiting people with criminal record. That doesn’t mean that people possessing criminal records don’t have the right to equal chances of being hired. To avoid any lawsuit, employers should avoid asking job candidates about previous arrests or ask any questions that are not related to the job description. Being arrested does not make the candidate a criminal, nor does that predict future behavior.
Bottom line, if an employer asks for personal information that is unrelated with the job and approves harassment based on the information gathered gives the harassed employee the right to seek legal help. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects all U.S residents, whether they possess citizenship or not from discrimination and harassment based on race, nationality, religion, political views, gender, legal status and so on.