Discrimination of All Types on the Rise

Tennessee workers and employees across the nation are filing more workplace discrimination lawsuits. And no longer is it predominantly women claiming gender discrimination or sexual harassment. As workplaces become more diverse, a greater number of individuals are able to be singled out due to race, religion, sex, ethnic, or medical reasons. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, during 2008 there was a 15% upswing from the previous year. This equaled 13,000 more filings than 2007.

Aging Boomers are another contributing factor in the increase of illegal terminations and instances of age discrimination. A worsening economy and surplus of workers all vying for the same few positions are resulting in cases of wrongful termination and passing over for hiring.

Recent amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act have made interpretation of “disability” a much broader term covering more conditions than ever before. Bias against an employee regarding health insurance or employment based on genetic information is prohibited under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

While it is not illegal for an employer to be a jerk it is illegal to be discriminated against. Please give us a call at 800.705.2121 or contact us at Employment.HHPFirm.com. We would like to help.

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