John J. Wright

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Workplace Discrimination: An Administrative and Federal Offense

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013

The early part of the 20th century witnessed so many instances of unjust labor practices in matters concerning employment, promotion, wage issues, overtime pay and many others. A number of employees decided to expose these unlawful practices in the workplace even if the act of exposing them served as a threat to their very safety and work tenure, so long as they are able to put an end to such injustices and get what they rightfully deserve.

Acting to protect employees’ rights, the US government enacted laws, and improved them in the course of time – laws that were meant to safeguard employees from any form of discrimination in the workplace. Some of these laws include: the Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA, also known as the Wages and Hours Bill, which congress passed into law in 1938 and which issues directives on child labor, recordkeeping, overtime pay and minimum wage; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which states that opposite sexes whose works in the same company require equal responsibility, skill and effort, ought to be given the same pay; and, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which took effect in July of 1965 and which ensured the employment of job applicants and just treatment of employees.

Despite these laws, which ought to remove any form of discrimination and guarantee fair labor practice in all US states, many employers circumvent the law and get away with acts of illegality only because there is none willing to take the risk connected to exposing their unjust acts.

Gender issue is one type of workplace discrimination which leads to prejudice due to pregnancy and sexual harassment. Not being awarded the promotion that you rightfully deserve or being promised tenure and/or benefits in exchange for something; these and many other forms of sex-based discriminatory acts may seem harmless, but to the person directly affected they can cause psychological pressure that may change their attitude and outlook in life.

No matter what type of discrimination you may be experiencing in the workplace, you need to know that such act is punishable legally, if not administratively. US federal laws do not, and will not, turn a deaf ear to anyone complaining of injustice in the workplace. Put a stop to unjust labor practices for your sake and the sake of many others.

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