Workplace discrimination is a continuing problem in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been passed to enhance the protections provided by employment law. A woman in another state is suing her previous employer on the grounds that she was fired because of health reasons.
A recent report on the state of life in Tennessee emphasized the need to recognize and provide for the needs of working mothers. Nearly 55% of adult women in Tennessee are currently working or seeking employment. While workplace discrimination against women is prohibited by federal employment law, Tennessee comes up short in providing accommodations for working mothers.
In the year 2019 one might think that women have earned the right to be treated equally in the workplace. Indeed, employment law since the 1960s has stipulated that it is illegal to discriminate against employees because of their race, religion, sex or nationality. As long as a person has the capacity to perform a job, employment law is intended to protect one from discrimination in Tennessee and around the country.
Balancing work and motherhood is an ongoing battle for many American women. Many women have to work to support their families and so return to work in Tennessee as soon as they are physically able. In a recent case in another state a woman is suing her employer for failing to accommodate her needs as a nursing mother. Recent changes in employment law can further protect nursing mothers.
There is one group of American citizens in Tennessee who hope that the outcome of the midterm elections will result in a benefit for them that will help them in the workplace. Muslim-American women are subject to employment discrimination because of the hijab, or head coverings, they wear as part of their religious practice. Discrimination based on religion is a violation of employment law. Two Muslim-American women were elected to U.S. Congress in November. One of their goals is to pass a religious exemption for the 180-year-old law that prohibits wearing hats on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Most workers in Tennessee and around the country are protected from workplace discrimination issues such as age, race religion and gender. However, there is a large group of workers who are not protected by employment law. That group is made up of the independent contractors, freelance workers and other contract workers who makeup an estimated 15 to 30 percent of the American workforce.
Americans are staying healthier longer in Tennessee, and some are choosing to work longer. Some people may wish to return to work when children leave home or simply to bring in some extra money, or even to avoid being bored. Whatever the reason, employers cannot refuse to hire a qualified applicant because of one's age. Employment law prohibits such discrimination.
The year is 2018 and sadly racism is alive and well in Tennessee. While employees occasionally suffer discrimination from their employers, they may also experience it coming from customers. Employment law protects employees from workplace discrimination.
A person in Tennessee who has been performing a job successfully should not have to stop performing that job just because of his or her age. Age discrimination is illegal in the United States, and so is a violation of employment law. Age discrimination is also a violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act.
Equal opportunity employment should mean just what it sounds like in Tennessee. If a person is qualified and physically able to do a job, the individual should have the opportunity to demonstrate that he or she can do the job. However, in a case recently brought against a fast food chain, it appears that age may be being used as a disqualifier, which is in violation of employment law.