The year is 2020, and one can be forgiven for believing that employment discrimination based on pregnancy is a thing of the past in Florida and elsewhere around the nation. Sadly, it is not. A woman in another state is claiming employment discrimination based on her pregnancy.
People in the United States are guaranteed freedom of religion and freedom from religious discrimination in the workplace. A recent situation in Florida has led to a charge of employment discrimination based on religious grounds. A school administrator is accusing the school district of a pattern of anti-Semitic discrimination in the workplace.
Employers might want to convince workers that discrimination is a thing of the past, but most people have witnessed or experienced the exact opposite. In fact, employment discrimination is still thriving in the American workforce. Even divorce workplaces in Florida are not immune to this.
Employees in Florida have certain protections when they go to work. For example, employment discrimination involving gender or race is against the law. There is a current lack of protections for LGBT workers, but a recently proposed state law hopes to put an end to that. This bill has support from both sides of the political aisle, but it also faces some significant challenges as well.
It has long been acknowledged that words, contrary to the well-known children's rhyme, can hurt. The U.S. Supreme Court is now considering whether a term introduced by younger people and aimed at the baby boomer generation can be considered as age employment discrimination in the workplace in Florida and around the country. The term is "OK boomer."
Every human being is unique in very many ways. With the exception of identical twins, no two people look exactly alike, and they differ in appearance from everything to height, weight, hair color and gender. Employment discrimination prohibits discrimination on the basis of issues such as gender, race, religion or age. There is another issue that is finding its way into the realm of workplace discrimination in Florida. That issue has to do with hair, not necessarily the color but the natural appearance of someone's hair.
The generation known as the baby boomer generation is working longer into their later years than prior generations who typically retired around the accepted age of 65. Millennials have coined a term that is sometimes used when one disagrees with something an older person says or to dismiss an argument being presented by an older person. The term is "Ok, boomer." In some instances, it's being looked at as possible age discrimination, which is a form of employment discrimination in Florida.
Achieving a balance between work life and family responsibilities has long been a challenge for people in Florida and around the country. When a child or family member is injured or ill, it typically falls to the female member of the household to care for that family member. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed into law to protect men and women who need to take leave from their jobs to care for an ailing family member. A woman in Florida has brought a gender-based employment discrimination claim against her employer, the Polk County Sheriff's Department.
Having a job provides a person with a means of supporting him or herself as well as a feeling of accomplishment, and it usually contributes to one's perception of value to society. Experiencing employment discrimination in any form in Florida may do untold damage to a person's self-esteem. There are laws that protect a person from discrimination in the workplace.
As someone who is employed in Florida and has either HIV or AIDS, you may have questions about your privacy and other rights as they relate to your condition and profession. The Americans with Disabilities Act is what outlines your privacy and other rights in the workplace as an American living with HIV or AIDS, so the more you understand about how it protects you, the more likely you will be to identify any instances of discrimination or harassment.