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Nursing is poised to become less female-dominated

Women entered and stayed in the workforce regardless of family status in large numbers in the 1970s. Women penetrated most male preserves in blue collar (factory) and white collar environments (law). But some industries remain remarkably segregated by gender. The construction trades remain mostly male as does investment banking. These are both high-paid careers. Social work, preschool teachers, nurses remain mostly female. One might have predicted that the decades would have resulted in a greater mix.

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.

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.

#MeToo

You've likely seen the viral hashtag #MeToo in your social media feed. Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence are sharing their experiences and bonding in a show of bravery and defiance. The phenomenon appears to be a reaction to the widespread allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, with many prominent actresses initially coming forward.
 
The attorneys and staff of NachtLaw applaud these survivors for standing up to be counted. It is never easy to come forward, and victims are often blamed. Yet the law protects you, whether the perpetrator was at a work, school, social, or family setting. In the workplace: It is illegal to sexually harass someone, or to retaliate against someone who has reported harassment. At a K-12 school, college or university: Under Title IX, a public school may be liable for harassment by a staff member or a fellow student if there was a known risk, and is always liable for retaliating against someone who reports. Additionally, the perpetrator may be sanctioned by the school. In a family or social setting: You may directly sue perpetrators and any other person or entity who may be responsible.
 
Coming forward can be an empowering experience. Our law firm is here for a free and confidential consultation for victims of sexual harassment or assault who want help reporting, or otherwise asserting their rights.
 
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