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December 2017 Archives

Privacy Complaints and Border Control

In the 1970s, with rising concerns about drug dealing and airplane hijacking, the United States Government systematically took more power to search us when we travel by air. The trend continued at airports, but driving back from the Canadian border always felt quite different. But in the past sixteen years, under Presidents Bush, Obama, and now Trump, our Government has turned all foreign border stops, including by car from Canada, into a Wild West of non-existent civil liberties. How bad is it? Pretty bad.

Defining national origin discrimination

If you work for an employer with more than 15 employees, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination related to your birthplace, culture, linguistic characteristics or accent. Smaller employers with between 4 and 14 employees cannot discriminate on basis of national origin under the Immigration and Naturalization Act.

Jobs Ads and Age Discrimination

This article, Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination, raises an interesting question of uncertain legality. To be precise, court decisions are not clear as to whether targeting advertisements for jobs to younger workers violates age discrimination laws. It seems to me that it could be evidence of discriminatory intent, but that if the employer actually received applications from workers of different ages and considered them fairly, that would be the real issue. So if the ads or notices were limited to places where only younger workers would find them, that would be problematic. 

Less familiar discrimination women face in the workplace

Most employment law issues concerning females tend to focus on overt, prevalent behaviors, such as sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and too little pay. These are the stories that make the news most often. Yet they are not the only ways in which women face challenges at the workplace.

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