We continue this week with a similar topic to what we discussed in our last post. This time it involves the City Buildings Department. The department is facing a lawsuit from a handful of people who say they were repeatedly passed up for promotions due to being minorities.
When an employee goes into work, he or she hopes to never be judged solely based on skin color or race. While we can all hope that this worry will be gone some day, that is currently not the state of things.
No one ever wishes to experience workplace discrimination, but it’s an unfortunate occurrence that continues to happen in New York and across the country. Not every employment termination means there was discrimination involved, but there are definite cases where an employer acted based on a preference of prejudice against a certain group of people protected under state and federal law.
In this day and age, it’s almost sad that we are still talking about this issue, but it’s definitely very important: pregnancy discrimination. Some people are not even aware of the fact that it’s an issue until they or a loved one experience it firsthand. It may seem hard to believe, but pregnancy discrimination happens yearly in workplaces in Syracuse and across the United States.
Women in the workplace have had to fight for their right to be recognized as equals to their male counterparts. However, the battle continues for all women, especially women of color. For one New York woman, her ongoing battle is now being fought in the courtroom. Her employer, energy provider Con Edision hired her as one of the first black women to be working in a role that is normally held by white males. Despite negative comments from her male-counterparts, she was determined to do her job well and eventually move up the ladder to a supervisory role.
Your age should not play a role in how you are treated in the workplace. Age discrimination is a serious issue. Many employees in New York have been victims of age discrimination and have the right to file a discrimination claim against their employer.
Although most states in the U.S. do not have laws protecting against this type of discrimination in the workplace, it is definitely worth discussing: weight discrimination. It's something that's extremely hard to prove and proving it would not bring much recourse anyway. But according to the deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, there is research in the United States that shows that weight discrimination among women is "comparable to rates of racial discrimination." The director says weight discrimination has been documented as one of the most common types of employment discrimination that is experienced by individuals.