Harassment of any kind in an individual’s place of employment can hinder the employee’s trust and confidence in an employer. Employees want to feel safe and respected in their work environment or they will dread waking up and going to work.
The first female editor of the venerable New York Times was recently fired by the publisher of the newspaper. Information has come to light in the days following the firing suggesting that the employment dispute was related to sex discrimination.
Work is a day-to-day aspect of most people’s lives. Not only do Americans rely on employment for financial security, but feeling useful and productive can also provide a personal satisfaction. When discrimination of any kind against you or a fellow employee happens, it can be challenging to maintain focus, productivity and enthusiasm in the workplace.
The state of technology today allows many workers to telecommute, either for a limited part of the workweek or, in some cases, every day. Many companies find allowing workers to telework is beneficial, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Roughly 15 years ago the EEOC began to recognize telecommuting as a possible reasonable accommodation for workers with disabilities in appropriate cases.
Criminal background checks in the hiring process are a common procedure used by many companies in New York. As a society, we may be trained to accept this process. When a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, the driver’s driving record (if any) may be detailed in news reports. If a teacher is accused of abusing students, the question of any potential criminal background may make headlines.