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What are some signs of age discrimination in the workplace?

When you think of workplace discrimination types in Milwaukee, you might instantly think of gender, sexual, disability and pregnancy. Very few people are aware that they can experience workplace discrimination because of their age. Ageism, the act of mistreating a person because of their age, is alive and well in the workplace. If you are a member of the Baby Boomer generation (over the age of 50) or a senior who must work to stay active and support yourself, you could expect to hear more complaints about ageism in the workplace in the coming years. 

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects employees over the age of 40 from mistreatment by their employers because they are older. Proving ageism at work is difficult, but it can be done. Here are some signs you should keep watch for and document in your workplace discrimination claim

Workplace discrimination lawsuits against Fox News settled

Fox News has dealt with major sexual harassment scandals in the past, involving both top management and well-known on-air personalities. Recently, its parent company paid millions of dollars to several former employees who had alleged that various types of workplace discrimination had occurred there. Although the company is headquartered in another state, discrimination like this can happen anywhere. Employees at Wisconsin businesses may find themselves experiencing the same type of discriminatory behavior.

21st Century Fox reportedly paid 18 former employees roughly $10 million in a settlement agreement after claims of racial discrimination, gender bias and retaliation were levied. The individual employees could not disclose specific details about the amounts they received. However, the deals were reached after negotiations and mediation had occurred.

Can I sue my boss for defamation?

If you were recently terminated or let go from your job in Milwaukee, you might be wondering if any of your rights were violated in the process, or if you have the right to sue an employer for making disparaging comments about you. The answer might depend on the circumstances surrounding your claims. 

Rumors in the workplace can make the environment unpleasant and toxic. Though you may have heard some about you and others before your termination, not everything you heard is defamatory. It is important for you to know what classifies as employment defamation. Here are some elements that you must be able to prove when filing a defamation/workplace harassment claim against your employer: 

Professor in whistleblowing case to learn if she will keep job

Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the news often lately, with several incidents reported in the entertainment industry as well as various levels of government. In addition, the educational sector is not immune to allegations of sexual abuse. A situation involving whistleblowing after reporting alleged sexual harassment at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville should soon be resolved.

In 2012, a female Criminal Justice professor told university administrators that a fellow professor had sexually harassed a student. The professor claims that she has faced retaliation and discrimination on the job since that time. She states that she lost grant support and committee seats throughout the years that negatively impacted her career. She also reports that she was threatened and intimidated by department superiors.

Tips for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been going on for decades. Though there are numerous state and federal laws in addition to employer policies to prevent it, the unlawful behavior still prevails in many Milwaukee job environments. Now that celebrities and Hollywood have made it a hot topic, everyone is up in arms trying to figure out how to fight it. 

Every employee has the right to work in a safe, healthy and harassment-free environment. Here are a few suggestions to help workers fight sexual harassment on the job: 

Employment law: Company accused of wrongful termination

Employees in Wisconsin and elsewhere across the country have the right to a safe working environment on the job. Employment law dictates that a worker should be able to refuse to work in a situation that might be unsafe. However, a man in another state claims he was terminated after he told his employer he would not work in an unsafe situation.

The man has filed a lawsuit against mining and energy companies, claiming they wrongfully terminated him. Documents state that the man refused to work in a certain area of the mine. He stated that he was concerned he could be hit by rock that could fly outside the blast zone. There was insufficient warning given to the miners in that area.

Employment law: Negotiating severance package can be challenging

Whenever the economy is uncertain, some struggling businesses in Wisconsin might consider letting some of the staff go. In many cases, the first ones to be offered severance packages are the older workers. The shock of losing a job in a career they have built over many years might cause workers to focus on their misfortune rather than securing the best possible severance package in compliance with employment law.

Several economic and legal issues must be considered during negotiations for the employment severance agreement, especially for those who have existing employment agreements. They must also gather information about their legal rights. Employees over the age of 40 must receive 21 days notice for consideration of the company's intention to offer a severance package, and they will also have seven days after signing the agreement during which time they may revoke their decisions.

Workplace discrimination suit following family leave dispute

The average Wisconsin resident spends years developing his or her career. In addition to this endeavor, this same resident often works hard to maintain a family. Finding a balance between the two can be tricky; however, most are able to do so and the result is a well-rounded employee. However, when the employer stands in the way of the employee being able to do both, a case of workplace discrimination may exist.

One woman has recently filed suit against her employer alleging discrimination. The woman was employed to work from home and travel to client offices in the capacity of a medical science liaison. Prior to giving birth to her child, the woman requested a six weeks leave of absence. However, due to complications, the woman needed to be on leave for a couple more months.

Normal work problems or harassment?

Having problems at work is a normal part of life. Deadlines, projects and clients may induce stress. Competition may be high and pay may be low. There are dozens of reasons why you may hate your job or your boss.

How do you know when those work problems are something bigger? What does harassment in the workplace look like? It is important to be able to recognize it so you know when something is not acceptable and you can take legal action against your place of employment.

Tense employment relations can lead to unfounded accusations

Let us say that you have worked for a manufacturing company for five years and are in line for a managerial position. However, your promotion is on hold because employees are threatening to strike for better wages and benefits.

Upper management thinks you are one of those responsible for organizing the strike, but that is not true. To move forward, you must prove your innocence.

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