Whistleblowers will get the protection they deserve after the Missouri Senate unanimously passed a bill that undid a portion of a law enacted last year making it difficult to file a discrimination lawsuit. The House, however, still must review the legislation.
Timing is everything in politics, and the political climate may be right for Missouri lawmakers to pass legislation protecting the rights of the LGBT community in our state. For the past 20 years, the Missouri legislature has considered similar legislation, but to no avail.
Victims of workplace discrimination in Missouri may no longer sue their tormentors, just the employer, according to a law that went into effect last summer. The law also limits punitive damages the victims may seek, and alters the state’s whistleblower laws including removing protections for state employees.
It was recently reported that a state government paid millions of dollars over a 30-year period to settle sexual harassment claims.
What if there was a way for an organization to measure its sexual-harassment risk? What if it was possible for an employee (or prospective employee) to determine whether a specific workplace is at high risk for sexual harassment?
Events of the past few weeks and months have demonstrated that sexual harassment is not on the wane in American society. Indeed, sexual harassment exists in all types of organizations.
A recent survey of physical therapists says more than 80 percent of those surveyed have experienced sexual harassment. Nearly half of the survey participants said they have experienced sexual harassment in the past year.
Federal and state laws govern workers' wages and hours. One of the most common wage-and-hour law violations occurs when employers misclassify workers as contractors, instead of employees.
As you may know, sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits have rocked the high-tech industry recently. The allegations typically involve a female employee who says she was harassed by a male boss or male colleague.
Federal law forbids sexual harassment in the workplace. But the law raises many questions, including: What is sexual harassment in a work environment? Is sexual harassment only physical, or can it be verbal? How frequent does the conduct need to be, in order to be considered sexual harassment?