Federal and state laws both prohibit workplace discrimination based on national origin. National origin discrimination involves being discriminated against because of your affiliated ethnic group. As an example, you become the subject of jokes because you are of Jewish descent, or you are paid less because you are from the Middle East. Here is a closer look at national origin discrimination in the workplace.
If you have a co-worker who you can see is being a target of sexual harassment, it is quite legal for you to report a sexual assault case on that person’s behalf. However, disclosing such a sexual assault without the victim’s consent can be traumatizing for the survivor. Unless the sexual harassment is likely to be life-threatening, it is wise to discuss what you have seen or been told with the victim before filing a report of sexual harassment on their behalf.
Most waged employees are employed under at-will employment conditions. This means that an employer can fire a worker for almost any reason and at any time. The same right belongs to the at-will employee, who can leave their job without giving notice.
SOGI Discrimination stands for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). SOGI is an inclusive term that applies to everyone, whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, heterosexual or cisgender. The latter means you identify with the same gender that one was assigned at birth.
If you were fired because you applied for workers’ compensation, then you may have a wrongful termination claim. This is because you are protected under retaliation laws which make it illegal for an employer to retaliate if you have won a worker’s compensation claim.
Each of the 50 states has established at-will employment laws. What does this mean? It means employers can terminate a worker at any time and for any legally sound reason. On the other hand, employees can leave their jobs at any time, without giving their employers advanced notice.
A vast majority of American employees follow the at-will employment doctrine, which means either an employer or an employee has the right to terminate the employment relationship without cause in most situations. For example, an employer has the right to end the employment relationship if the employer needs to reduce payroll costs to stay financially afloat.
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers cannot discriminate against workers based on several factors, including race, gender, religion, and national origin.
When you lose a job because of an act of wrongful termination, you may be eligible for compensation. If you are a victim of wrongful termination, you should follow a few steps to hold your employer accountable for breaking one or more state and/or federal employment laws.
How to Handle a Wrongful Dismissal
Wrongful termination can happen for one of several reasons, which include harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Let’s take a look at how you should respond to a case of wrongful termination.
Stay in Control
There are still many old myths about sexual harassment in the workplace. These rumors or myths can make it difficult for people to fully grasp what sexual harassment is and how someone can be affected or how they can be affected.
Here is a closer look at common myths about sexual harassment and how to proceed with a claim after falling victim to workplace sexual harassment.