Employers throughout the country sometimes engage in many different forms of employment discrimination. This is an unfortunate reality for many American workers, including some in Colorado. However, when discrimination occurs in the workplace -- sexual harassment in particular -- there are also many different ways in which a discriminatory employer can be held accountable for their actions under the nation's employment laws. That was the case recently in one Western state, when a large onion farm was ordered to pay a significant settlement for the alleged actions of one of their employees.
Not everyone in America has it easy when it comes to day-to-day tasks. It can be hard for many people to imagine what it must be like to live with a disability, especially if it is a serious condition that has a dramatic effect on a person's quality of life. However, some conditions that many Colorado residents would probably consider to be "minor" can also be classified as disabilities. That was the case in a recent lawsuit in a neighboring state, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pursued a claim against a company based on alleged discrimination against a potential employee over concerns that she may have had carpal tunnel syndrome.
Much has been made of the statewide decision in Colorado to legalize certain aspects of marijuana use. Both Colorado and the State of Washington made similar decisions at voting time last year, but now the courts will have to sort through certain conflicts between state and federal law. As most of our readers probably know, despite the action at the state level in Colorado, marijuana is still considered an illegal drug at the federal level. And now, one of the first court rulings on the subject has some people fearing employment discrimination.
Lawmakers at both the state and federal levels have been working for decades to improve the relationship between employers and their employees. Employment discrimination in particular has been the target of many different legislative efforts, from the Family Medical Leave Act to the Americans with Disabilities Act and up to and including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. One of the goals that is usually cited in pursuing these efforts is helping to maintain a balance of power in the workplace, where the employee enjoys their rights and the employer respects those rights. Now, legislators in Colorado have approved an effort to expand on the rights of workers in the state.
Wal-Mart is one of the world's largest companies with store locations almost everywhere. In the Denver area alone there are 20 Wal-Mart stores. The company is well-known for having a widely diverse selection of goods at low prices. As the company grew many locations were converted to also include grocery sections. Wal-Mart is also one of the companies with the most employees in the nation. That is why when an employee of this company alleges that she was subjected to discrimination, many people may pay close attention, because some of our Colorado readers may know someone who works for Wal-Mart - or they might be a Wal-Mart employee themselves.