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What is racial discrimination in the workplace?

If you feel you were denied a job or are mistreated at your current job because of your color or race, you may be dealing with a case of racial discrimination in the workplace. This type of discrimination comes in different forms and can often be hard to pinpoint. When an employee or applicant is treated unfairly because of color or personal characteristics associated with race (facial features, skin color or hair texture), then it may be a case of racial discrimination. Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, race or color cannot affect pay, job assignments, hiring, firing, promotions, training, layoff, fringe benefits and any other employment conditions.

5 rights pregnant women should have at work

Congratulations on getting pregnant! As a dedicated employee, though, you likely have concerns about how you'll be treated in the workplace now that you're expecting. Thankfully, several federal laws like the Civil Rights Act and the Affordable Care Act protect pregnant women's rights in the workplace. Whether your employer or boss adheres to these laws, however, can create tension during your pregnancy.

Know which behaviors are considered sexual harassment in the workplace

As employees, all men and women have the right to feel comfortable in the workplace. Unfortunately, there are those who will prey on others and find opportunities to make them feel harassed and uncomfortable. Few are aware that sexual harassment violates the Civil Rights Act, and that they have the right to make a claim in any situation where there are 15 or more employees. The act does not have to be committed against individuals of the opposite sex. As long as the action is unwelcome, there may be a case for sexual harassment.

Fighting back against sexual harassment in the workplace

In recent weeks, the ousting of Fox News' founder and CEO, Roger Ailes, has shined a spotlight on the important issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. While illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a 2015 survey shows that one in three women reported being sexually harassed at work and, in nearly 40 percent of these cases, the accused harasser was a supervisor or manager.

New overtime rules creating questions, confusion for many

Less than a week ago, the U.S. Department of Labor released their much-anticipated new rules on overtime compensation. The rules are designed to do what previous versions and drafted regulations couldn't: modernize and simplify the overtime compensation system that impacts millions Americans working more than 40 hours a week.

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