Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination Essay
If employees are harassed by coworkers, supervisors, or employer agents because of an employee’s membership in a protected class, the …show more content…
Pregnancy: Discrimination due to pregnancy is prohibited, although pregnancy is not always protected. Employers can discriminate against pregnancy if the policy is not just pregnancy related, such as a job that requires lifting.
Family Responsibility: Discrimination can occur if an employer makes job-related decisions because an employee has family responsibilities such as taking care of children.
English-Only Laws: It is lawful for employers to require employees to speak English when it is necessary for work. However, employers may create a hostile working environment by requiring employees to only speak English when it is not necessary for the job, such as when speaking on the phone to a family member.
International Employees: Where local laws do not conflict with Federal law, employees of U.S. companies working internationally enjoy the same Federal protections as if they were in the U.S.
Family and Medical Leave: Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to attend to domestic responsibilities, such as the birth of a child or caring for family members. An employee can also take unpaid leave if they have a serious medical condition that renders the employee unable to do his or her job.
Disabled Employees: Employers must make “reasonable