Employment discrimination

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Updated: 4/11/2007 9:26 am

Federal and state anti-discrimination laws clearly mandate that all employment decisions and practices can’t be based on discriminatory criteria such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability. This means employers can’t choose not to hire, promote, discipline, or fire you for reasons that aren’t strictly job-related. They also can’t retaliate against you if you choose to exercise your rights under anti-discrimination laws. It’s important to note that included in most anti-discrimination laws is your right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment, racial slurs, and other hurtful or disparaging conduct. Thus, part of an employer’s responsibility in implementing non-discriminatory employment practices is to do the best to protect you from discrimination at the hands of other employees in the workplace. If you believe you’ve been unfairly discriminated against by your employer, labor union, or employment agency when applying for a job or while on the job or believe that you’ve been discriminated against for exercising your rights under anti-discrimination laws, you may file a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Remember that there are strict time frames in which charges of employment discrimination must be filed. To guarantee the ability of the commission to act on your behalf, you’ll need to adhere to their deadlines.

Your Job and the Law

Employment Contracts
Employment contracts basically outline both your and your employer’s legal rights and responsibilities in an employment relationship.

Employment Discrimination
Federal and state anti-discrimination laws clearly mandate that all employment decisions and practices can’t be based on discriminatory criteria such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability.

Labor Laws Regarding Minors
Child labor laws under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act were enacted to protect the educational opportunities of minors and to prohibit their employment in jobs characterized by conditions that may be detrimental to their health or well-being.

Minimum Wage Laws
Under The Fair Labor Standard Act, also known as FLSA, Congress is given the power to establish the minimum hourly wage employers must pay its employees.

Overtime
Under The Fair Labor Standard Act, also known as FLSA, Congress is given the power to establish the minimum hourly wage employers must pay its employees.

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