Gender-based discrimination is illegal in Massachusetts, but that does not stop employers from applying seemingly subtle biases against workers. Women in particular face a considerable amount of discrimination regarding something that typically does not impact their ability to complete perform their work -- weight. A recent study found that weight-related workplace discrimination affects women far more often than their male counterparts.'
Discriminating against a worker based on race is illegal, but that does not stop some employers in Massachusetts from doing it anyway. The national wage gap for black Americans is currently higher than it has been in decades, and analysts say that it is not because of class or education. Instead, it all comes down to race and workplace discrimination.
Finding a new job can be rough, but it can be even more difficult for people who are older than 50. Age-related workplace discrimination is an ongoing concern that affects not just the atmosphere at the office, but also hiring practices that keep these workers out of it in the first place. While many people in Massachusetts might enjoy their iPhones and other Apple technology, the company has had its fair share of age discrimination complaints.
Barring a few exceptions, employees and applicants with criminal records have the exact same rights as their peers who lack such a record. Sadly, many employers in Massachusetts tend to disregard the law that forbids them from making employment decisions based on workers' criminal records. While some might feel powerless to act, this type of workplace discrimination should not be tolerated.
Becoming pregnant can be one of the most joyous occasions for women in Massachusetts. Sadly, for some it can also mean the end of an otherwise promising career. Although retaliating against an employee for becoming pregnant is an act of workplace discrimination, some employers continue to treat pregnant workers unfairly.
Google is one of the most well-known websites on the internet, and most people in Massachusetts use at least one of its many services when hopping online. While Google's search engine, email service and cloud storage are used by people of all ages, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suspect that its headquarters is less accommodating. The company is currently under investigation for allegedly exercising workplace discrimination based on workers' ages.
Each and every worker in Massachusetts should be able to expect that they will be treated with respect in the workplace, and that their forward mobility in a company will be based on their performance and respective qualifications. Unfortunately, this is simply not the reality for many employees across the state. Workplace discrimination continues to create hostile work environments, and we fight for victims and their right to a safe workplace.
The Massachusetts workforce is perhaps more knowledgeable than ever when it comes to anti-harassment strategies for the workplace. Most company handbooks outline specific behaviors that are unacceptable while state and federal laws also provide clear guidelines. This might lead some to believe that workplace discrimination is becoming a thing of the past, but a recent study uncovered that discrimination and harassment is a real and ongoing issue.
Whistleblowers in Massachusetts risk the security of their future employment when they raise the alarm on unethical or illegal business practices. Many workers who do so face the risk of workplace discrimination, which can manifest as demotions, unfavorable work assignments and even wrongful termination. The latter is what one woman says happened to her.
The very survival of the human species relies on individuals who choose to have children and successfully raise them to adulthood. While this may be true, it has not stopped many employers from creating and exercising discriminatory policies, mostly against mothers. Workplace discrimination lawsuits filed by family caregivers have increased nearly 270 percent in just the past 10 years, indicating a serious issue that many parents, and mothers in particular, face.