Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Employers who Commit Religious Discrimination

Religion is one sensitive personal preference that employers need to respect. According to the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a company owner is prohibited from committing discrimination within the different employment processes such as hiring, firing and other terms of service towards people due to their chosen religion.

One particular case reported in a press release by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated that a corporation, Family Foods Inc, which manages a chain of Taco Bell restaurants is about to provide $27, 000 to an employee just to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit. This was after the company ordered an employee named Christopher Abbey to cut his hair or face termination. Abbey considers his religion as a Nazirite and according to its creed, he was bound not to cut his locks.
The employment decisions of the Family Foods Inc. clearly showed that it is forcing the said employee to follow its order through threats of termination. Therefore, it breaches the laws under the constitution that seek to protect workers. There are similar cases like these within populous places such as the state of California, specifically its main city, Los Angeles.

Consequently, the EEOC since its creation in July 2, 1965 had tackled a lot of disputes that arose from the differences which companies fail to reconcile with their workers. In relation to this, an employee who wishes to file a complaint through the EEOC must first do the following to ensure that he or she is making a valid complaint:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Disability is not a Hindrance in Achieving a Dream Job

Having disability does not prevent a person from being employed in a job that he or she wishes to be into. In fact, through the Disability Statistics website presented by Cornell University, 36 percent of the United States labor sector was found out to be comprised of employees with disabilities. This just shows that physical or mental impediments are not really a hindrance to someone who is strongly motivated to pursue a dream job in life. 

Breaking up the stated 36 percent, the statistics meant that some 6,612,900 Americans who had disabilities aged 21-64 are currently employed in the country. It is then justifiable for the government to create laws that would correspond to such segment of society. One of these distinguishable laws is the Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) This is one of the laws enacted by the United States Congress in the year 1990. President George H.W. Bush signed it into law on July 26, 1990 but it was later amended in January 2009. Under the ADA, employers, co-workers and customers of companies who have applicants or employees with disabilities are prohibited from committing acts of discrimination. Disability under the ADA is defined as the physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Here are some of the specific provisions under the ADA: