Although the United States has come a long way on race, race discrimination in the workplace still occurs and affects hundreds to thousands of workers every year. Fortunately, there are state and federal laws in place that protect workers from being discriminated against because of their race, and workers who are subjected to race discrimination have the right to file a claim and be compensated for their mistreatment.
Category Archives: Discrimination
Professor Discrimination: When College and University Professors Face Workplace Discrimination
Several recent high-profile discrimination cases involving university professors highlight the continued disparity in pay between male and female academics.
What is Age Discrimination in CT and How Can You Prove It?
Age discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee differently because of their age. Unfortunately, age discrimination in the workplace is more common than most Americans would like to think.
How to File a Discrimination Claim in CT
If you are a member of a protected class and believe you are or have been a victim of illegal discrimination in Connecticut, you can file a complaint with the CHRO at no cost.
In Transgender Discrimination Case, Religious Beliefs Are Not a License to Discriminate
In another important decision in the continued evolution of federal law protecting the rights of individuals in the LGBTQ community, a federal appeals Court ruled that Title VII – the federal statute which prohibits discrimination based on “sex” – makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee because they are transgender. The March 7, 2018 […]
Court Rules that Working from Home Is Reasonable Accommodation under ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities and who can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation. While the obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation is clear, the question of whether a particular accommodation is reasonable is often disputed in […]
Court of Appeals Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Federal Law
In an important development in the continued advancement of the law protecting the rights of members of the LGBTQ community, the federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, whose decisions are binding on federal courts in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, ruled that a major federal statute, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The February 26, 2018 decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., reversed earlier decisions by that Court and provided an expansive interpretation of Title VII’s prohibition of discrimination based on “sex,” which included sexual orientation discrimination.
Walmart Agrees to $7.5 Million Settlement in Same-Sex Benefits Lawsuit
Walmart is poised to pay millions of dollars to thousands of former and current employees after it agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming the company denied health insurance to same-sex spouses.
How can I prove that my pregnancy caused me to be discriminated against at work?
Federal and state laws prohibit pregnancy discrimination in employment. The prohibition not only protects the pregnant employee from wrongful termination, but from discriminatory treatment in the terms and conditions of employment—such as pay, benefits, work assignments, leaves of absence and discipline.
What should a company do to accommodate a disabled worker?
The Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] specifies failure to provide a ‘reasonable accommodation’ as illegal discrimination. Under the ADA, a reasonable accommodation is defined as environmental employment changes designed to allow a disable worker to perform essential job functions.