discrimination in the workplace

Hertz Fires 26 Muslim Workers For Taking Prayer Breaks

Hertz Fires 26 Muslim Workers For Taking Prayer Breaks

Hertz has fired 26 of its drivers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after the workers opted against clocking out for their Muslim prayer sessions. The drivers, all of whom are Somali Muslims, saw the company's decision as a failure to appreciate the customs of the Islamic faith. Read More »

How Can You Help The Unemployed? Support The Companies That Hire Them

How Can You Help The Unemployed? Support The Companies That Hire Them

The unemployment rate is holding firm; companies continue their refusal to hire the unemployed. We wonder what more a nation of desperate job seekers can endure. They are terrified and we can all become a member of that class of people, the unemployed. Read More »

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

It was the seatbelt extender that did him in. When Ronald Kratz alerted his superiors at a Houston-based plant run by BAE Systems that he was having trouble buckling the seatbelt of a forklift that he was operating, he suggested he use a seatbelt extender. Read More »

Obama Proposal Would Ban Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed

Obama Proposal Would Ban Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed

One problem that has bedeviled many jobless workers is the inability to apply for jobs simply because some employers won't consider them. Now, President Barack Obama wants to end the practice by making it illegal for employers to discriminate against job candidates because they are unemployed. Read More »

UPS Employee Fired After Requesting Special Accommodations For Depression

UPS Employee Fired After Requesting Special Accommodations For Depression

If corporations are people, as some politicians famously claim, then should they be expected to act like it? Not according to one UPS supervisor in Kentucky, should the charges against him be proven to be true. When 46-year-old Dona Kerger approached her superiors at her Kentucky UPS branch about finding a... Read More »

Walgreens Sued For Firing An Employee Who Stole A Bag Of Chips

Walgreens Sued For Firing An Employee Who Stole A Bag Of Chips

Josefina Hernandez had worked for Walgreens for 18 years before she was fired in September 2008. Her crime: stealing a bag of chips. Walgreens had little concern for the employee's mitigating circumstances: an attack of hypoglycemia. And now America's largest drugstore chain faces a federal court lawsuit from... Read More »

When The Empire Strikes Back: A Lesson About Workplace Retaliation

When The Empire Strikes Back: A Lesson About Workplace Retaliation

Kyle Walski had joined Smythe Brothers Finance Group at its inception in the mid-'70s, when he finished his MBA. Peter and Rick Smythe had a dynamic vision to plan retirement packages for clients. Kyle was enamored by their creativity and turned down a six-figure job in San Francisco to join the Smythes'... Read More »

Court Rules Boss Can Tell Grieving Mom To Act As If Her Daughter Never Existed

Court Rules Boss Can Tell Grieving Mom To Act As If Her Daughter Never Existed

A New Jersey mom sued her boss after he told her to remove her dead daughter's photo and ballet slippers from her cubicle and act as if her daughter "did not exist." The mom lost, and now she's trying to take the case to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Read More »

Hospital Job Ad Calls Equal Opportunities 'Rubbish'

Hospital Job Ad Calls Equal Opportunities 'Rubbish'

One Liverpool hospital recently published a job ad for a trainee anesthetist. The successful candidate would be expected to run workshops for junior trainees, be fully registered with the General Medical Council, and, of course, "usual rubbish about equal opportunities employer etc..." Read More »

Unemployed Women Around The World Turn To Cosmetic Sales For Survival

Unemployed Women Around The World Turn To Cosmetic Sales For Survival

During hard economic times, one industry remains impressively robust: direct selling. Door-to-door sales exploded during the Depression, and since then, women (and men, but mostly women) have been peddling Tupperware and Mary Kay cosmetics to friends and neighbors in ever-growing numbers. By last count, 62... Read More »

Epileptic Worker Sues: Says Bosses Called His Seizure 'Break Dancing,' Then Fired Him

Epileptic Worker Sues: Says Bosses Called His Seizure 'Break Dancing,' Then Fired Him

A janitor with epilepsy is suing his former employer in Mississippi for violating federal law after he was fired for having an epileptic seizure while working, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week in federal court. Michael A. Hernandez was working for Harrison County as a floor technician in July... Read More »

3M Settles Age Discrimination Complaint For $3Million

3M Settles Age Discrimination Complaint For $3Million

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Technology giant 3M has agreed to pay a total of $3 million to several hundred former employees who accused the company of age discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday. The EEOC sued 3M in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on behalf of a class of... Read More »

Taking Maternity Leave Viewed As A Lack Of Employee Dedication By Bloomberg

Taking Maternity Leave Viewed As A Lack Of Employee Dedication By Bloomberg

A federal judge has dismissed a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed against Bloomberg LP, citing lack of evidence in the case brought by the federal government on behalf of pregnant employees and women returning from maternity leave. Read More »

61-Year-Old Lifeguard Claims He Was Fired For Refusing To Wear Skimpy Swim Trunks

61-Year-Old Lifeguard Claims He Was Fired For Refusing To Wear Skimpy Swim Trunks

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) -- A 61-year-old New York man says he lost his job as a lifeguard when he refused to wear skimpy swim trunks for the annual swim test. Roy Lester tells the New York Daily News he was forced out of the job after 40 years in 2007 when he wanted to take the swim test in biking shorts... Read More »

80-Year-Old Teacher, Lillie Leon, Claims She Was Fired For Bathroom Breaks

80-Year-Old Teacher, Lillie Leon, Claims She Was Fired For Bathroom Breaks

When 80-year-old kindergarten teacher Lillie Leon complained to the administration at P.S. 117, in the Briarwood section of the New York borough of Queens, about the distance that she had to travel to accompany her 25 students on bathroom breaks, she was fired for "insubordination." Read More »

What Can I Get If I Win A Case Against My Employer?

What Can I Get If I Win A Case Against My Employer?

Most employment cases aren't going to be those big headline multimillion dollar awards. Usually, if you're lucky, you might recover lost wages and benefits. Very few cases result in big money for the former employee, so don't assume you have a winning lottery ticket as soon as a coworker makes a racist or... Read More »

Why Charges of Age Discrimination Are On The Rise

Why Charges of Age Discrimination Are On The Rise

The basis of the decision is that you can't do that. When a man named Anthony Brunt was demoted by his employer -- the Water Systems utility in Lexington, Tenn. -- he cried foul. Sensing that the move had little do with his on-the-job performance, Brunt filed suit alleging that the Lexington utility was... Read More »

Lingerie Shops Drag Feet on Deadline to Hire Women

Lingerie Shops Drag Feet on Deadline to Hire Women

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi lingerie stores are dragging their feet on an official deadline to replace their male sales clerks with women -- a change meant to avoid embarrassing female shoppers -- by saying the move would create staff problems, lose them customers and cost them money. Read More »

Stay-at-Home Moms, You May Believe You Left the Workforce by Choice, But Did You?

Stay-at-Home Moms, You May Believe You Left the Workforce by Choice, But Did You?

Studies have shown that most Americans believe career opportunities for men and women are equal in this country. Still, statistics clearly show that women earn less than men, are underrepresented at the highest levels of many fields, and face other gender barriers -- such as bias against working mothers, and... Read More »

Why the Wealth Gap for Blacks and Hispanics Continues to Grow

Why the Wealth Gap for Blacks and Hispanics Continues to Grow

It's getting worse. The recession has famously taken a toll on blue collar sectors including construction and manufacturing. And the fact that America's minorities have traditionally comprised a large portion of the workers in those realms has made them and their wealth particularly vulnerable. The extent to... Read More »

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