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Reasonable accommodation for disabled employees

If you have a disability, federal and Missouri law may require employers to provide reasonable accommodation that would enable you to perform your job duties. Refusing to accommodate can be discrimination and may violate the law.

There are several complex issues to consider when determining if illegal discrimination has actually occurred. Some people grit their teeth and accept extremely unfair treatment, while others may see every annoyance as cause for a lawsuit. If you suspect your employer is acting in a discriminatory way, consulting an attorney with experience in this legal area is the best way to assess your situation and possible options.

3 top indicators of post-pregnancy discrimination

Women suffer from discrimination every day, everywhere, in ways big and small. One major issue is pregnancy discrimination, but the discrimination does not necessarily end once you have given birth.

In fact, it can be when you return to the workplace that the discrimination begins in earnest. It can be conscious or subconscious, but it is there and affecting your life. Here is a look at some top signs of post-pregnancy discrimination.

Veteran KC firefighter wins race discrimination lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A veteran Kansas City firefighter won a race discrimination lawsuit this week against the Fire Department and city.

Tarshish "T.J." Jones was a firetruck driver. He claimed that the department deprived him a promotion because of race.


"It's not an accident. Maybe once or twice is an accident. Two or three times is a pattern," Jones said.

Jones won a $356,000 judgment against the department.

Kansas City firefighter speaks after winning discrimination claim against city

Tarshish Jones, an African American firefighter who was awarded $356,694 in compensatory damages in a race discrimination lawsuit against the city, spoke Friday about the jury's verdict.

Jones, a firetruck driver, claimed in the suit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court that the city's fire department uses discriminatory practices in determining who is promoted.

Is your job in jeopardy because of religious discrimination?

You may practice a religion that differs from the faith most of your coworkers follow. Under the law, your employer cannot treat you less favorably than other employees because of your religious beliefs, but some employers do not follow the rules.

If it is becoming increasingly difficult for you to go to work each day because you feel the burden of religious discrimination, you can file a complaint, and you may want to seek legal assistance in doing so.

Does online harassment have you spooked?

Research indicates that more than half of those who experience online harassment do not know who is behind it. It is unsettling when you have no idea whether your tormentor is a stranger or an acquaintance.

Online harassment is not new; it has been going on for years. Law enforcement personnel and policy makers say that more attention should be brought to this issue.

Know the law to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

Hae you experienced sexual harassment in your place of work? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is one of the agencies that investigates these complaints. The EEOC offers information for employers and employees about dealing with sexual harassment.

Typically, the employer is liable if a supervisor creates a hostile work environment. An employer has to be proactive in preventing and correcting sexual harassment on the job. According to the EEOC, the employer can also avoid liability if the employee “unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer.”   

Are you a misclassified employee?

Are you a self-employed worker or an employee? Many employers try to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees to avoid paying taxes and providing benefits. The IRS has rules about classifying workers correctly, but because there is no checklist that works for every scenario, it can be a complex situation. However, it is important to your finances to have the correct classification.

Rules that determine your classification

Pregnant women often experience workplace discrimination

Signs indicate that Missouri is well on its way to becoming a right-to-work state, which would essentially mean that as a Missouri employee, you could be terminated at any time and for virtually any reason. There is a major caveat, however. Even if Missouri does move forward with becoming a right-to-work state, state employers may not fire you for reasons that infringe upon your civil rights, such as pregnancy status.

Examples of sexual harassment

You might feel like you are being subjected to sexual harassment at your workplace but are not sure if you have the basis for a legal claim. There are various examples of what constitutes sexual harassment under local, state and federal laws. Sexual harassment takes many discriminatory forms of verbal and physical actions from coworkers and supervisors.

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