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Employment Discrimination

Employment Law Concerns

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law | 0 comments

Every year in America citizens at various places and types of employment experience wrongdoing/mistreatment in their place of work. The mistreatment can come in a variety of ways. For example, unreasonable pay reduction is just as wrong and prevalent as sexual harassment in the workplace. Employees have workers rights and when those rights are violated it can be emotionally taxing and extremely stressful.

Some common workplace problems include lunch break and work shift violations, verbal and sexual harassment, etc. While these are common, they are by no means the only forms of mistreatment in the workplace. However, they constitute a great number of the overall offenses.

According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®’s website, “An employer must pay their employees for the time they spend on a lunch break unless the break…lasts for no less than 30 minutes” and the employees are completely relieved of duty for the break’s duration. Also, things such as cleaning work stations, preparing tools, attending meetings, and responding to company emails are all tasks that employees should be paid for, even if off the clock in some cases.

Furthermore, sexual harassment in the workplace is broad in the things it covers. It can be anything that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment. Such as, vulgar and profane remarks directed at someone, inappropriate and unwanted touching, or demands from a boss for sexual favors in exchange for continued employment, raises, etc. The website of Cary Kane LLP states that “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination ‘based on sex.’” The site also reminds readers that sexual harassment can be aimed at not only women, but men as well.

It is important for employers to avoid and shut down any mistreatment in the workplace. Consequences for these crimes are no joke. Plus, it’s not a great look for a company when things such as this finally surface.

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