Attractive men may be discriminated against during job interviews, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Maryland. In their experiments, researchers found out which men and women were generally viewed as attractive or unattractive. Afterwards, researchers analyzed people's views about hiring the subjects for jobs.
A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have significance for Maryland job seekers who wear religious garments. An employment discrimination legal battle stemming from a woman's exclusion from hiring at Abercrombie Kids apparel store because of her headscarf has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In the opening oral arguments before the justices, Abercrombie and Fitch's lawyers argued that its decision was legal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is the law that forbids employers to refuse to hire someone based on their religion unless it creates an "undue hardship" for the business.
As Maryland employees may know, pregnant workers may not be treated differently than other employees who are unable to work due to a temporary condition. However, compliance with the law may be lacking in some instances.
Sex-based discrimination in the workplace is illegal in Maryland and across the United States. Such discrimination is forbidden by law in all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, pay, training, the assignment of jobs, promotion, benefits, layoffs and firing. Employment policies that apply across the board to all employees may be against the law when such policies have an unfavorable effect on the employment of persons of a particular sex.
Employees in Maryland may benefit from learning more about some of the facts concerning wrongful termination and retaliation. Firing an employee in violation of a public policy mandate is the only scenario that qualifies as wrongful termination. Retaliation may be described as an employee suffering adverse action after exercising employee rights like reporting harassment or discrimination, requesting accommodations for disabilities, filing worker's compensation, requesting a leave of absence covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act or reporting misconduct.
Maryland employees may be interested in some general information about employer discrimination and what can be done about it. Understanding what types of workplace activities are prohibited can be an important first step toward recognizing them and solving the issue.
A former Prince George's County teacher has won a racial discrimination lawsuit against his school district. The 65-year-old teacher, who is white, claimed that the African-American principal of a Maryland high school used racial slurs against him and told him and others that she planned to terminate him because of his race.
A company that fired a pregnant housekeeper in the Baltimore area has agreed to settle a pregnancy discrimination claim filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The management services company will reportedly pay $25,000 in relief to the fired employee. It will also educate some of its supervisors about pregnancy discrimination to prevent additional instances.
Federal and state laws ban various types of employment discrimination in Maryland. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The Americans with Disabilities Act bars discrimination on the basis of a real or perceived disability. And, Maryland has a state law that bans sexual orientation discrimination. Maryland residents might be surprised, however, to learn that certain types of discrimination may be legally acceptable in the modern workplace.