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What is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act?

June 21, 2018

We live in a rapidly changing world, and our laws need to change just as rapidly to accommodate our changing needs. In 2008, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was passed, adding genetic information to the list of protected classes included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We live in a […]

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When Does Harmless Banter Become Harassment?

May 17, 2018

Banter between colleagues can be fun. It keeps the office feeling lively and helps build and solidify relationships between coworkers. Sometimes, banter involves joking about participants’ looks, personalities, speech patterns, and hobbies. It can become racy and sometimes, inappropriate. Harassment is the act of subjecting an individual to repeated foul or abusive language or unwanted […]

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Recognizing Subtle Forms of Harassment in the Workplace

December 19, 2017

A workplace where harassment is a common, accepted part of the culture is known as a hostile work environment. In a hostile work environment, employees can feel demoralized and unable to produce their best work, which hurts the company. Environments like this can also have high turnover rates because of the abuse employees face. State […]

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Recognizing Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

July 30, 2017

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include pregnancy as a protected class. With this amendment, it became illegal to fire employees for being pregnant. It also became illegal to discriminate against employees in any way on the grounds of pregnancy or childbirth. Pregnancy discrimination, […]

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Recognizing Age Discrimination in the Workplace

June 14, 2017

Discrimination in any form is a violation of federal employment laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many states have state-specific employment laws that go beyond this Act to provide further protections to workers. When an employee faces unfair treatment at work because of a characteristic that he or she cannot […]

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Is Affirmative Action a Type of Discrimination?

June 20, 2016

As a working American, you are probably aware of the concept of affirmative action. The idea first appeared in the 1960s, when President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925, which ordered that employers in the United States not discriminate against job applicants and employees based on their race, ethnicity, and religious affiliation, and that employers take […]

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Sexual Harassment: Quid Pro Quo vs. a Hostile Work Environment

May 3, 2016

Sexual harassment in the workplace is never a good thing. It creates tension between employees and their superiors, which lowers productivity and can cause irreparable damage to a victim’s career. When asked, many people reply that they know how to recognize sexual harassment in the workplace, but they might not realize that sexual harassment goes […]

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