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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Federal regulators are watching, and companies are nervous

The corporate world is about to get a lot more transparent about how it compensates employees. New regulations require all employers with 100 or more employees to disclose very detailed information about how it pays its employees -- information that will identify whether or not employers are discriminating based on race or gender.

New Jersey may be next to ban hair discrimination

You may remember a shocking incident that made national news after a New Jersey high school wrestler was forced to cut his hair on the sidelines in order to avoid forfeiting his match. A referee refused to allow the young man to compete with his dreadlocks intact because they wouldn't fit the "sanctioned" hair cover. Nor would he allow the young man to use the cover that he'd been using in other matches.

Black New Jersey teacher told to cope with overt racism by peers

A black New Jersey elementary teacher quit the job she loved after just two years because she found the environment incredibly hostile. Despite the fact that the school has a primarily white student body, the problem wasn't racism from the parents or the students; It was the other teachers.

Medical marijuana users gain legal protection in New Jersey

Many people believe that the national legalization of marijuana for medicinal use is long overdue -- but it has remained a thorny subject even in states where the drug is available to some people because there are no federal protections for users.

Breastfeeding and workplace discrimination

In theory, federal law provides protections for working mothers who are breastfeeding. As a nation, we all have an invested interest in making sure that our children are as healthy as possible -- and there's irrefutable evidence that breastfeeding is the best way to give a child a healthy start in life.

Is it ever okay for employers to enforce an "English-only" rule?

You know that discrimination is wrong, and discrimination at work is generally illegal -- but are there ever times when it's okay for an employer to insist that an employee speak English fluently or only speak English while on the job?

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