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.
Under federal law, discriminating in employment matters against a person based on their age is illegal, but may Maryland residents may not be familiar with the particulars of the law. Those who believe they have suffered discrimination in any aspect of work, including hiring, firing, pay, training, benefits and job assignment, may file a discrimination lawsuit against an employer. A lawsuit may also be filed due to harassment from either an employer, other workers or clients.
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.
A Maryland company has agreed to settle an employee discrimination and harassment lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission one day after the claim was filed. The lawsuit against ACM Services was filed in federal court on Sept. 22, and the company reached an agreement to settle with the EEOC on the next day. The Rockville-based company would not disclose the terms of the settlement and denied any wrongdoing.
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.
Many workers in Maryland struggle with physical and mental disabilities daily. In some cases, workers who suffer from such disabilities might face mistreatment in the work place. However, suit filed July 23 on behalf of an autistic Target employee in Texas show that some victims of harassment may be able to pursue legal compensation for damages in such cases.
Many Maryland residents have experienced age discrimination in the realm of employment. Although age discrimination is barred by federal law, this remains prevalent in many workplaces. During the recession in particular many reports surfaced of older Americans being laid off and finding it difficult to obtain employment again.