The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is under fire for a scandal involving the scheduling of appointments for patients within the VA's hospitals. The situation has received a great deal of media coverage, much of it asking questions the CNN story cited. The escalation by politicians, asking questions like "Why hasn't anyone been fired yet" appear to be done to inflame the public and create a rush to judgment.
Equal pay for equal work has been a fundamental concept in employment law in the United States for very long time. The concept has been federal law since the early 1060s when President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. This does not mean that the concept has been successful in practice. There have been many challenges within employment law related to the equal pay laws, but one would expect that the federal government, at least, would have set pay scales in such a way as to ensure women working for federal agencies earn the same as men doing equivalent jobs.
Federal employees working out of Dallas may need to be concerned that the federal government is monitoring their private email accounts and tracking how they spend their time on the Internet. This concern was sparked by recent reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration used spy software to find out everything that some of their employees did on their computers. Some of the information, including employee bank account records and online passwords, apparently leaked onto the web through a private contractor.
Dallas, Texas, is home to a large population of federal employees. While the majority of government operations run lawfully, it is not unheard of that a federal agency engages in wrongdoing. When federal employees learn of government abuses, most feel obligated to report the relevant information to the proper authorities. However, many would-be whistleblowers may not disclose what they know for fear of disciplinary action or dismissal.
A group of Dallas, Texas, area men recently filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit, claiming they were fired from the IHOP restaurant chain because of their Muslim beliefs and Arab backgrounds. In the lawsuit the men stated that over a period of several years, IHOP owners directed a number of discriminatory comments toward them that belittled their religious beliefs and national origins, despite the men's' status as American citizens. The men allege they were fired from their jobs because the IHOP owners wanted non-Arab workers, even though all four men had records of positive performance evaluations.
A former federal employee of the Library of Congress is pursuing a workplace discrimination complaint against his former employer, based on religious and sexual orientation harassment.
With the economy and jobs at a premium these days, it is definitely an employer's market for job seekers. Unemployment remains high in many areas and the jobs that are available are highly competitive, even in the fast food industry. This week a suit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a Wendy's franchisee in Killeen, Texas.
A wrongful termination suit can be controversial and in the case of a woman who alleges she was wrongfully terminated, is now facing a counterclaim on her suit from the daycare where she previously worked.
If you are one of the unfortunate workers that were laid off during this recession and still haven't landed a full-time job in your field, you aren't alone. In many states unemployed workers are being discriminated against because they don't have a job and are realizing that you need a job in order to get a new job.