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How to recognize age discrimination in the workplace

The American workforce has many unique, diverse individuals. Workers come from all kinds of different backgrounds and have varying degrees of experience. Unfortunately, many workplaces discriminate against particularly young or old employees, which can be grounds for a lawsuit. 

All types of discrimination have protections under federal law. Ageism is a real issue, and you should be able to recognize the signs when it happens to you or one of your coworkers.

Do not be afraid to speak up about workplace discrimination

Fears about revealing workplace discrimination are understandable because the situation involves a power imbalance, but the law protects workers.

Here are some reasons why it is crucial that you speak up if you experience or witness discriminatory behaviors in your workplace.

Were you terminated due to racial discrimination?

It is hard to believe, but some employees still experience racial discrimination in the workplace in spite of the protections of the Civil Rights Act, which was passed more than half a century ago.

Some employees are even terminated because of racial discrimination. Has this happened to you?

How clean is the nursing home you are considering for Mom?

If you believe the time has come for your elderly mother to enter a nursing home, your first consideration will be about the level of care she would receive.

Your next thought should be about the facility itself. Does the nursing home you have in mind maintain a clean, sanitary environment? Does it comply with state regulations?

Is an independent contractor harassing your co-workers?

The offensive behavior of anyone can create a workplace environment that becomes stressful at the very least and takes away the enthusiasm you once felt for your job.

If this has happened in your company, you may have discovered that unwelcome conduct is not limited to employees, and even from outsiders, it may be harassment.

Key elements to prepare for a dog bite claim

Though dogs are seen as man's best friend, sometimes circumstances and temperaments can change that. When a dog attacks, it can lead to serious injury and trauma.

Thankfully, there are legal actions that people can take to gain reparations for the incident. When preparing a dog bite claim, there are a few key elements to be aware of.

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.

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"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.

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