For many decades, employment laws in the nation had a tight focus on protecting the rights of workers. While addressing these rights is undeniably an important task for lawmakers, some employers feel as if their own rights have fallen by the wayside. A particularly troubling area for Cincinnati employers is making certain they provide reasonable accommodations for any disabled workers on their staff.
Laws aimed at preventing workplace discrimination based on hairstyle or hair texture are becoming more common across the country. New York, California and, most recently, New Jersey, have enacted versions of what's known as the CROWN Act. It stands for "Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair." Cincinnati is one of the localities with such an ordinance.
The phrase, "Okay, Boomer" has become a joking way to refer to someone who seems out of touch, stuck in the past or just, well, older.
It's legal for people to use "medical marijuana" in Ohio as long as they participate in the state medical marijuana program and have a valid prescription card. However, does that mean that employers can't terminate people or decline to hire them if they test positive for the drug?
Employers can make discrimination complaints by employees worse by penalizing those employees. That's what Cleveland's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commissioner is accused of doing according to a lawsuit filed by five EMS captains. The captains, all of whom are African American, are also suing the city for discrimination and retaliation.
Staying current on expectations is very important for businesses and other organizations with employees. Discrimination against protected groups cannot be tolerated, as a lack of attention to accusations can lead to lawsuits. If a lawsuit goes forward, employers must make sure changes are made to protect employees in the future.
When we hear stories about workplace discrimination or harassment on the news, they often highlight how a worker was ill-treated by a co-worker or superior while on the job. An individual can claim that they were discriminated against during the hiring process, though, too. No matter the situation, it matters how you respond to their allegations.
An employee claims that you discriminated against them at work. You feel shocked. You have always valued inclusivity at your company, and you thought that everyone knew it. You thought that you had a healthy company culture. But now your business is facing some very serious allegations and you're worried about what it could mean for the future.
As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring that your employees are treated as federal and state laws require. When it comes to overtime pay, the laws are strict as to when overtime pay is required.
Cincinnati City Council passed its new Salary Equity Ordinance on March 13 with a vote of 6-2. It's set to go into effect in March of 2020. Once it does, all employers will be prohibited from asking prospective employees for a salary history when they respond to job ads, on applications and during interviews.