Many people in the modern world think that they cannot be surprised any longer. Being a worldly and knowledgeable society, it is easy to see why people think this way. However, there are several key points about age-related workplace discrimination in Michigan and elsewhere that may actually astonish you.
Did you know that women workers in Michigan earn, on average, only 74 cents for each dollar that their male counterparts earn? In fact, the gender wage gap in Michigan is larger than the national average wage gap, which stands at 82 cents for women for each dollar earned by male workers.
There are still cases of blatant workplace discrimination in the United States, even though it's illegal. It may not be quite as obvious as hanging signs on the door telling people of certain ethnic groups not to apply, but supervisors will say and do things based on their own biases.
In this day and age, the notion of workplace discrimination based on weight is inconceivable to many Michigan residents. Unfortunately, it is a problem across the entire United States. Two studies conducted within the past decade reveal a surprising and disturbing pattern in this little known area of workplace discrimination.
Equality Michigan, an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer) rights group is seeking help from the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. This group, and others like it, wants the commission to expand the ban on sex discrimination to protect gender identity and sexual orientation.
People who have been victimized by workplace discrimination based on race feel a very wide range of negative emotions. They often experience hurt, shock, betrayal, anger and even shame. These emotions can discourage victims from taking legal action against the company that made them a victim in the first place.
The federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) grants you certain rights within the workplace. It also ensures that people with disabilities have ample and rewarding opportunities to cultivate a career. Unfortunately, the Act only works if employers do their part and do not attempt to go around the ADA or bypass it altogether. Failure to comply may constitute workplace discrimination and could land the employer in hot water.
Most people would agree that the world is a much more enlightened place than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Same-sex marriage is now legal and those who embrace a transgender life are largely free to do so without hiding. Unfortunately, the world has not yet reached a place where workplace discrimination and sexual harassment no longer exist.
If you follow the news at all, you have probably gotten an earful this week of the bro culture that allegedly runs rampant at tech companies. Uber, in particular, has made headlines all week because of its 20-plus employee firings based on allegations of sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, bullying and physical safety issues, retaliation and unprofessional behavior.
Some people believe it is a thing of the past, but we want you to be aware that sexual harassment and gender-based workplace discrimination is still a problem in Michigan. These work-related issues may more difficult to identify, but they certainly still happen and you can fight back with the law's protection.