There were more than twenty cases opened against companies by the agency for equal employment. There has been a phenomenon emerging that has forced pregnant women to go on maternity leave, then discharging for no other reason. Most of these twenty plus cases involved employers explicitly stating that pregnancy was indeed the reason, many lower waged business do not have the resources to allow workers to take time off. In their minds it easy to cut a worker than pay them unnecessarily, however they are unaware that this practice as it relates to pregnancy is illegal. Another big problem in employment is the EEOC has found is that discrimination has also come in the form of not allowing simple concessions to pregnant workers, and then firing them based on their inability to follow company guide lines. For instance a woman was fired via text message after telling her boss her doctor was late to her appointment, which would make her late.
Is there such a thing as a pregnancy bias in the work place today? Many analysts say that indeed it does and it is a clear violation of fair employment regulations. Although it may seem as if blatant violations of employment regulations such as this are no longer that wide spread, however this is far from the truth. In a recent a study it was found that a woman was told during the hiring process that they were denying her application because of her pregnancy. The woman went on to report the business, sue the manager, and receive a punitive award. Unfortunately, many times cases are not as clear cut as this one, often employers are not bold enough to brazenly state openly that a pregnant women has no place in their company. Analysts say the issue is rooted in ignorance, as many don’t know the laws or have preconceived biases against pregnancy women. Continued…
Los Angeles police are calling for the assistance of anyone who knows anything regarding an online scam that has been used to steal multiple identities already, and threatens to steal many more. The suspects are accused of sending out false applications to job seekers on the behalf of a suspected the company. A small fee is asked for a background check, as well as driver’s license and social security numbers. Legitimate businesses remind applicants that it is against policy to demand money for processing applications, as well asking for social security numbers online. Police believe that people are allowing themselves to be scammed simply because of the state of our economic times. With employment down, people are desperate to find jobs; these suspects are feeding off that need. Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Los Angeles Authorities.
Olympia, Washington – The unemployment rate in the United States, is one of major issues affecting Americans on a variety of economic categories, as some states have slowly decreased the number in the past few years, Washington is actually trending upward once again. Experts say that the rate should climb towards an alarming 10 percent, a high that was reached last July. Authorities suspect that approximately72, 000 jobs will need to be added over the next year to increase the employment rate by even single percent. It is unknown how the state will rebound, or at the least try at halt the increasing rate. It is interesting how the employment state will be affected by the US House 200 job bills that currently await actions and decisions made by the senate. Irony, there is a clear division in congress right now, as some believe it is not for government to create jobs, but allow business owners to operate more freely, so that employment is created more naturally.
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