While continuing to deny that it engaged in age discrimination during a relatively recent layoff, it has come to light that the government of Mesa County, Colorado, settled two claims filed by former employees. Both former employees had also alleged age discrimination, as they, too, were fired in connection with the same layoff.
People who call the Denver area home come from all parts of the world. Some are relatively recent arrivals both to Colorado and to the United States, while others may have lived here with their families for most or even all of their lives.
A total of seven women who once worked for Amazon have separately accused the online retail giant of pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or "EEOC," the number of pregnancy discrimination claims filed with the federal agency dropped from 3,174 to 2,790 between the fiscal year 2017 and 2018. The EEOC is the federal agency tasked with enforcing the employment discrimination laws of the United States. A separate organization enforces Colorado's state-specific anti-discrimination laws. This is the lowest number of pregnancy discrimination charges submitted to EEOC since 2010 and represents about a 12% drop in the number of claims filed in fiscal year 2017.
A Denver resident who is applying for a position has probably noticed that, these days, most job descriptions include a list of "essential job functions." Usually, these are in addition to the actual description of the job and the list of required skills and experience.
As many residents of Denver know, Colorado has to some extent allowed the residents of this state to use marijuana legally. While the state constitution has for over five years allowed people to possess and use marijuana in limited quantities, the drug technically remains illegal under federal law.
A recent decision handed down by the federal Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will likely make it a lot simpler for employees who are victims of discrimination to take their claims to the steps of the courthouse.
Thinking back to how far equality has come for all types of different people, it's almost hard to imagine that discrimination still happens in the workplace. However, with so many different people working in a work environment, some people can't handle it. Discrimination in the workplace is not a legitimate or allowable behavior. If you feel you have experienced discrimination, here's what to look out for.
Social media giant, Facebook, has come under heat recently. There have been allegations related to privacy issues and information sharing, among others. The most recent kerfuffle relates to discrimination and how Facebook allows its advertisers to target ads. Colorado fair housing advocates are now suing, alleging that their marketplace allows discrimination.
Microsoft has been at the center of a major lawsuit regarding gender discrimination in recent years, and the lawsuit has just caused some critical information to leak out regarding the company's handling of internal complaints related to gender discrimination. This is big news because these details rarely make it out into the public eye ever -- regardless of the company.