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Health-based incentives can cause employment disputes

Few people would suggest that unhealthy and unhappy people make better employees. To the contrary, study after study supports the idea that physically and mentally engaged individuals are more productive in the workplace. Therefore, employers are increasingly promoting wellness programs and incentive-based health goals for workers to follow. The general intent of such programs may be to encourage and support employees’ personal efforts, but some are arguing that mandating physical standards in the workplace is a form of job discrimination.

Health-based incentives can cause employment disputes

Few people would suggest that unhealthy and unhappy people make better employees. To the contrary, study after study supports the idea that physically and mentally engaged individuals are more productive in the workplace. Therefore, employers are increasingly promoting wellness programs and incentive-based health goals for workers to follow. The general intent of such programs may be to encourage and support employees’ personal efforts, but some are arguing that mandating physical standards in the workplace is a form of job discrimination.

Unpaid interns mostly lack employee rights

In cities like Chaska, Minnesota, and elsewhere, it’s not uncommon for people to suggest applying for an internship as a way to gain valuable work experience and possible employment. After all, unpaid interns often contribute meaningfully to the business while proving that they are committed to their position. Unfortunately, though, some unpaid interns endure harassment and/or discrimination in the workplace without the legal protections necessary to speak out.

Unpaid interns mostly lack employee rights

In cities like Chaska, Minnesota, and elsewhere, it’s not uncommon for people to suggest applying for an internship as a way to gain valuable work experience and possible employment. After all, unpaid interns often contribute meaningfully to the business while proving that they are committed to their position. Unfortunately, though, some unpaid interns endure harassment and/or discrimination in the workplace without the legal protections necessary to speak out.

Police department accused of wrongful termination

In Minnesota and other states, many fields of work require a large degree of professionalism, collaboration, and camaraderie. In fact, such traits can actually be crucial to protecting workers in potentially hazardous and high-stress professions. For public safety workers like law enforcement in particular, a certain level of trust and teamwork in the ranks can go a long way to ensuring the safety of all officers. When incidents of mistreatment and retaliation do occur, then, they can have very serious (and dangerous) consequences for police officers.

Police department accused of wrongful termination

In Minnesota and other states, many fields of work require a large degree of professionalism, collaboration, and camaraderie. In fact, such traits can actually be crucial to protecting workers in potentially hazardous and high-stress professions. For public safety workers like law enforcement in particular, a certain level of trust and teamwork in the ranks can go a long way to ensuring the safety of all officers. When incidents of mistreatment and retaliation do occur, then, they can have very serious (and dangerous) consequences for police officers.

Workplace discrimination against the elderly on the rise

Any form of prejudice and/or harassment should be strongly condemned at jobsites in Minnesota and states around the country. That’s why state and federal legislation specifically identifies and addresses illegal forms of workplace discrimination. Even though age discrimination is recognized as being one such offense, there is growing concern that incidents are escalating everywhere.

Workplace discrimination against the elderly on the rise

Any form of prejudice and/or harassment should be strongly condemned at jobsites in Minnesota and states around the country. That’s why state and federal legislation specifically identifies and addresses illegal forms of workplace discrimination. Even though age discrimination is recognized as being one such offense, there is growing concern that incidents are escalating everywhere.

Historic gender discrimination case protects trans employees

Employees in Minnesota and workplaces all around the country face many of the same opportunities and hardships. Even though the circumstances surrounding individual cases of workplace discrimination may be unique, many other workers often encounter similar forms of mistreatment. That’s why the outcome of some cases can have such a profound impact on others. The direct results of one such landmark ruling are beginning to be seen, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces policies to safeguard the rights of transgender employees. 

Historic gender discrimination case protects trans employees

Employees in Minnesota and workplaces all around the country face many of the same opportunities and hardships. Even though the circumstances surrounding individual cases of workplace discrimination may be unique, many other workers often encounter similar forms of mistreatment. That’s why the outcome of some cases can have such a profound impact on others. The direct results of one such landmark ruling are beginning to be seen, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces policies to safeguard the rights of transgender employees.