Recent court rulings centered on the rights of transgender workers have changed the playing field related to employer responsibilities vis-à-vis restroom access for all staff. Summary of Changes The EEOC ruled in recent cases, that equal access to restrooms is a key part of employment and that transgender employees have rights under Title VII of […]
Harassment and Discrimination in a Small Workplace: What Happens if the Business Owner is Involved in Harassment Allegation?
Luckily, the owners and leaders of many smaller workplaces are able to claim that employee relations are great and that employment law really does not concern them. In many cases, those owners and leaders are correct. However, when a claim of harassment or discrimination occurs in a smaller workplace, those workplaces tend to be woefully […]
Is Banning Dreadlocks at Work Racial Discrimination? A Federal Court Says No
A federal court dismissed a claim of racial discrimination filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a job candidate who was not hired by a company because of her dreadlocks. The candidate was offered a job by Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS) on the condition that she cut her dreadlocks. The candidate […]
Employee Fired From Job For Being Too "Homely"… Sues and Wins!
A senior manager at a hotel chain in the Midwest takes issue with a female employees’ “Ellen DeGeneres” looking appearance, short hair, and lack of makeup indicating that she is “not attractive enough” to work at the front desk of the hotel. The front desk role was actually a position that the…