Manufacturers, distributors and companies are supposed to provide Wisconsin consumers with safe and effective products. When products are demonstrably dangerous or defective, these entities should take action to warn consumers and remove them from circulation. This does not always happen. A former executive at Juul claims that the company retaliated against him when he tried to raise the alarm about tainted products, and was wrongfully fired as a result.
The law is supposed to protect workers from discrimination based on a number of factors, including race and gender. Sadly, these laws do not appear to be as effective as they are supposed to be. More than half of workers in the United States say they have either experienced or at least seen workplace discrimination.
A Wisconsin man who accused his employer of violating federal law was recently awarded $5.2 million. He pursued a workplace discrimination suit following a series of discriminatory behaviors by a Walmart store manager. Those behaviors included an unfounded suspension, additional barriers to accommodations and termination from the job that the victim had held for nearly two decades.
Federal law protects several specific groups from discrimination at work. While most people in Wisconsin know that it is illegal to discriminate against a worker for his or her religion or gender, two current U.S. Supreme Court cases could add another protected group -- sexual orientation. Depending on the outcome, members of the LGBTQ community could possibly pursue workplace discrimination claims in the future.
Workers usually have to sign some type of new-hire paperwork or contract when starting new jobs. These can be short or long documents that cover a wide range of information relevant to specific positions or companies. However, there is one thing that many of these contracts have in common -- forced arbitration clauses for those claiming workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and more. A recently passed bill could change this practice.
There are a number of laws that are supposed to protect workers from suffering discrimination at the hands of their employers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is supposed to make sure that these laws are properly enforced in both Wisconsin and across the rest of the United States. Unfortunately, the EEOC might not be as concerned with workplace discrimination as it should be.
With each passing year, people usually gain more work and life experiences that help them continue moving forward with life. While those experiences can be applied in the workplace, many older workers say they do not have a fair chance to demonstrate this. This is because many employers still discriminate against workers who are over the age of 40. Workplace discrimination of any type is problematic, but people in Wisconsin who are closer to retirement may experience unique financial troubles when dealing with age discrimination.
From preparing resumes to familiarizing themselves with the specifics of various positions, job applicants in Wisconsin put in a lot of time and effort when applying and interviewing for new employment. All of that preparation can make it extremely disheartening to be turned down for a job that a person believes he or she is qualified for. Although most people associated workplace discrimination with on-the-job problems, discrimination can start much earlier than that.
Living with a disability is not easy, but many people still work and lead productive. However, an employee with a disability might need accommodation in the workplace. Not all Wisconsin employers are willing to provide those accommodations, even when they are required to do so by law. Experiencing workplace discrimination because of a disability can be disheartening, so it is important for these individuals to understand their rights.
Losing a job is a difficult experience, especially if that individual relied on his or her paycheck as a primary source of income. While being laid off or fired is sometimes just a part of the working world, these actions are not always justified. In some cases, workplace discrimination could play a significant role in an employer's decision to terminate a person's employment.