A lawyer who works for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says that racial harassment and other forms of racial discrimination are rampant within the federal agency. She made her statements while testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee. The hearing was scheduled in response to an agency survey that showed that workers at the agency know that white employees are rated higher than minorities in the agency in the system the agency uses to determine employee benefits, including rate of pay and opportunity for bonuses.
Workers’ rights laws aimed at eliminating discrimination from the workplace apply to every stage of the employment process. Oftentimes, it seems from media reports that a wrongful termination is needed to cement an employment law claim. However, many disputes arise at other stages; a worker may have a claim if discriminatory practices have been involved in a demotion or a failure to promote an employee.
A worker should not have to choose between caring for a family member who is suffering from a serious medical condition and reporting for work. That is the general idea behind the Family and Medical Leave Act. The protections of the important federal workers’ rights law have some limitations. A worker must have put in 1,250 hours in the 12 months preceding the month he or she takes FMLA leave. Additionally, a person must have worked for the employer for at least one year. The 12 months do not necessarily have to be consecutive. The FMLA recognizes that many people work seasonal jobs.
Interns can gain important experience for their future careers. These positions can be invaluable for many reasons, ranging from the learning experience to a source for networking. But, Interns enter the workplace with a somewhat different status, according to some commentators. The courts may also, at times, treat interns differently.