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April 2019 Archives

Providing accommodations for women who are pregnant

Discrimination in the workplace can affect many groups of people, particularly those who have specific needs or are in a more vulnerable situation. Among those, women who are pregnant, but still undertaking the day-to-day responsibilities of a professional job. Employers in Missouri should be making adequate efforts to accommodate pregnant women and support them in their jobs by providing the resources they need to work comfortably and safely. 

What is origin discrimination?

Missouri employees have the right to a fair and comfortable workplace, no matter their age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or race. One other way that employees can be discriminated against is national origin discrimination. According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, this involves treating employees or applicants unfavorably because there are from a different part of the world or country. Origin discrimination is also treating someone unfavorable because they look as if they are from a certain ethnic background or because they have an accent.

What constitutes pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?

If a Missouri applicant or employee is treated differently or unfavorably because they are pregnant, just had a child or has a medical condition related to childbirth or pregnancy, the employer may be violating the law. According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating in pay, hiring, firing, promotions, job assignments, training, layoff and fringe benefits based on the pregnancy.

Tips to make the most of your work breaks

If you are like the majority of Missouri workers, you take a few minutes every hour to do something other than job-related tasks. The law entitles you to breaks throughout the day to eat and to otherwise refresh yourself. At Thornberry Brown, LLC we often represent clients denied their breaks or penalized for taking them.

What you should know about Missouri’s minimum wage increase

If you are working for minimum wage in Missouri, you may have noticed an increase in your paycheck since the beginning of the year. This is a direct result from Proposition B that was passed in Missouri in November 2018. This law increased the minimum wage rate from $7.85 per hour to $8.60 per hour beginning January 1, 2019. It does not stop there, however. Minimum wage increases will continue to take place every year until 2023, where it will top out at $12 per hour. After that, minimum wage fluctuations may occur, depending on the cost-of-living at that time.

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