In the workplace, employees may face a number of challenges, from on-the-job injuries to having their hours cut. However, taking care of daily responsibilities at work is often especially challenging for those who experience discrimination. For employees as well as employers, it is essential to understand the differrent ways that discrimination occurs in the workplace and take every step to prevent this unfair treatment.
Whether an employer refuses to hire an applicant because of his or her gender or terminates an employee's position because of their religious beliefs, discrimination takes a variety of forms in the workplace. However, age discrimination can be especially upsetting for employees and job applicants who find themselves in difficult positions solely because of their age. In Washington D.C., and across the country, this form of discrimination has turned many lives upside down. If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your age, it is crucial to understand how the law protects workers.
You only have to look at social media and news stories to see that people from some parts of the world are often viewed in a negative light. Perhaps you, yourself, feel that your employer or supervisor in Washington, D.C., treats you differently because of where you were born. If so, you may be a victim of origin discrimination.
The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") sets standards for how employers must compensate their employees. If you are an hourly/non-exempt employee under the FLSA, you may be entitled to pay for certain work-related travel time.
Whistleblower = a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity
Coming forward and revealing that their employer is breaking the law is not something that is easy for people to do. One of their fears is that they will be fired, demoted or suffer some other kind of retaliation. Thankfully, there are federal laws in place to protect whistleblowers from the actions of the companies they work for.
In September, we wrote about changes coming to the federal security clearance system, namely the new National Background Investigations Bureau, which replaces Federal Investigative Services, and how for many federal employees and contractors, getting (and keeping) the proper security clearance is necessary to doing their jobs.
One of the most difficult situations an employee can face is that of finding out that an employer in Washington, D.C., is engaging in illegal or unethical conduct. While it may be tempting to immediately blow the whistle, there are several factors that must be verified first.