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November 2018 Archives

Changes to long-standing policy in favor of employees

When an employee is the victim of harassment either by a coworker or superior, settling the case is often a complicated process of working through private arbitration to protect the identity of the victim while giving the company the best chance at maintaining its reputation. For many victims in Missouri, these efforts to provide both parties with protection may feel more like an effort to protect their employer without a second thought for the harassment they have endured. 

Should I come out as transgender in the workplace?

For transgender people, navigating everyday life is a lot more difficult than it is for others. This is especially true within the workplace, where many trans people will need to make the tough decision of whether to disclose their status or keep it hidden. While there is no right or wrong answer in this case, the Human Rights Campaign offers the following advice.

Sexual harassment is damaging on a company-wide level

When people arrive at their job each day in Missouri, they expect to perform their responsibilities in an environment that is safe and free of discrimination. However, there are undoubtedly times when people behave poorly toward each other which can ultimately result in feelings of discomfort, anxiety and even hostility in severe cases. Intervening before these issues create a danger is a primary goal of many companies and one that can be achieved with the timely implementation of policies designed to protect employees. 

Examining the rights of minimum wage earners

A common misconception held by many in Kansas City is that state and federal wage and hour laws only apply to people at a certain level of employment. Those in entry level positions only making a minimum wage may feel like they have no legal recourse if they are not being compensated fairly. This assumption may be due in large part to the opinion that some may have that the work such employees do requires little skills, making them easily replaceable. Yet in reality, those making minimum wage have the right to expect that they be paid what the law mandates, and that the fear of being fired should not be a tool employers use to exploit them. 

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