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.
Thanks to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Americans have the right to observe and practice the religion of their choice without persecution or discrimination. Despite this right, everyone knows that religion-based workplace discrimination still happens in Detroit and likely every other U.S. city or town as well. The fact that it is against the law to engage in workplace discrimination does not necessarily put a stop to this widespread issue.
Both the federal government and the Michigan government take all workplace discrimination seriously. However, there are times when some cases can slip right through the cracks. A recent story published online reveals how workplace discrimination can be hidden under the guise of an employer's religious rights.
According to a 2015 report, over percent of Americans in the workforce identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Michigan is home to a prominent LGBT community, with over 180,000 of these citizens in the state's workforce. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination against these residents is a problem in Michigan, just as it is in many other states.
If each of the women working in Detroit took a swing at a sheet of thick glass, what do you imagine might happen? Every strike would crack the glass until the entire thing shattered into irreparable shards. It is a great example of how it takes strength and unity to create real change.
In the United States, all citizens have the right to acquire gainful employment regardless of their age. Employers must abide by these laws and refrain from engaging in workplace discrimination because of a worker's age. Like other forms of workplace discrimination, age discrimination is often confusing to workers. As a result, many of them might not know if discrimination is occurring.
Have you ever been interviewed for a job and began to feel uncomfortable during the process? These awkward or downright unsettling interviews typically begin well but may begin to deteriorate if the interviewer begins to ask uncomfortable questions. Before you know it, the tone of the interview has made you feel more like a target instead of a potential employee.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's take a look at one of the achievements of the civil rights leader and all those who stood with him: The Civil Rights Act of 1964.