Most people know that laws exist to protect employees from discrimination and harassment. However, many don't know these laws also protect employees from retaliation. That means employers cannot punish employees for making discrimination or harassment complaints or participating in workplace investigations. And punishment doesn't just mean firing or demotion: It can include other negative employment actions, too.
What is Retaliation? When an employee takes action in response to wrong-doing by a fellow employer, manager, or the employer itself, that is considered a “protected activity.” If the employer then punishes the employee, or takes an “adverse action” against the employee, in response to the report,
Meet GINA (the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), the most recent civil rights law on the books. GINA makes it illegal for employers to make employment decisions based on genetic information about applicants, employees, or their families. It also generally prohibits employers from gathering
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Question: Our manager just told us that all employees will be required to take a DNA test. Apparently, someone has been sending angry letters to the CEO's house. Based on the content of the letters, the CEO believes the person sending them has to be an employee. He wants to make everyone submit a DNA
In legal terms, sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct on the job that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. In real life, sexually harassing behavior ranges from repeated offensive or belittling jokes to a workplace full of offensive pornography to an outright sexual assault. Find out what sexual harassment is -- and learn the steps you can take if you're being harassed.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants with disabilities. To understand your rights as an applicant with a disability, you'll need to know whether the employer is subject to the ADA, whether you meet the definition of a person with a disability, and whether you're qualified for the position (able to perform the essential job duties, with or without a reasonable accommodation).
Sexual orientation discrimination includes being treated differently or harassed because of your real or perceived sexual orientation -- whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual. This type of discrimination may be illegal in your workplace, depending on where you work.