A former Mercedes-Benz dealership worker has received a $5 million award in his disability discrimination lawsuit. A federal judge issued the award on a recent Thursday. According to the man's attorneys, it was one of the largest disability awards in recent history.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide "reasonable" accommodations to workers with disabilities. When it comes to what kinds of accommodations employers must provide in this regard, the most important word in this context is "reasonable." In other words, the disabled employee's accommodations should not result in the over "un-accommodation" of the employer.
United States employers cannot discriminate against their employees on the basis of "race" or "color." This means that an employer cannot make hiring, firing, promotion, pay or other work-related decisions on the basis of an individual's race or color. Most Michigan residents know what "race" means in this context, as it refers to whether someone is black, white, Latino, Asian or some other race. However, most don't have an entirely clear view of what "color" discrimination is.
Businesses and employers cannot discriminate against workers -- or potential workers -- on the basis of the worker's religious belief system in the United States. By virtue of the First Amendment, one of the primary principles of the United States is protection from religious discrimination. This is largely because the original founders of the United States had suffered from religious persecution in Europe, leading to escape to the "New World" where they could enjoy a freer life.
Your workplace is your second home. In fact, it's probably where you spend most of your waking hours. Not everyone has the luxury of a job, workplace and coworkers they genuinely enjoy. However, at the very least, no one should have to put up with any kind of harassment or discrimination while on the job.
Sex-based employment discrimination is common throughout the world, even in the United States. At its most fundamental level, this discrimination involves the treatment of another person in an unfavorable way as a result of his or her sex. Fortunately, federal and state laws protect employees from this kind of discrimination and they can fight back if they've been victims of the behavior.
Age discrimination is real and as the baby boomer generation gets older, it's only becoming more widespread. This kind of discrimination might be subtle and difficult to pinpoint in some cases. A job applicant could simply get passed up because he's over 50 -- but the hiring manager says it's because he's unqualified. It could also be overt and obvious when a manager asks an employee, "Aren't you ever going to retire?"
Imagine you've been working at a Detroit manufacturing facility for years, and suddenly, you look around and notice that everyone you see at work is from one racial demographic. After looking deeper into the practice you discover that there could be a terrible reason why your black and Latino friends were denied their job applications and why you were denied the last several promotions: Job-related racial discrimination.
An invisible disability is a type of disability that isn't readily apparent to the people around you. Someone who is in a wheelchair or needs to use a cane to walk would have a visible disability. Meanwhile, someone who is suffering from chronic back pain, a migraine, depression or ADD might have an "invisible disability" because no one can see it.
In the not too distant past, if you were of a different sexual persuasion, you probably kept a tight lid on it – only revealing this to your closest confidants. This secrecy had a good reason, not only were people of different sexual orientations commonly discriminated against socially, but they might even lose their jobs or have trouble finding jobs. These days, the social climate is quite different, and those who identify as homosexuals can more comfortably be open about it. Nevertheless, state and federal laws have yet to catch up with this social trend of acceptance.