Much of the news concerning views on sexual orientation in the workplace is positive these days, as efforts to be more inclusive on many fronts includes those individuals who counts themselves among the gay and lesbian population. But, just as with every effort to curb employment discrimination, there are always going to be bumps in the road, and that was the case recently for the Colorado State Patrol.
The workplace is supposed to be a safe environment for all workers. In addition to avoidance of physical harm, employers must ensure that employees are not discriminated against based on race, gender, disability, or age. Also, sexual harassment must be prevented at all costs. When sexual harassment does occur, the employee subject to such acts can take action against her employer. A recent incident at a police department serves as an example, one which Colorado employees should be aware.
Many of our Maryland readers are probably thoroughly familiar with the Starbucks coffee shop chain. At one point in time it seemed like there was a Starbucks on every street corner, although the economic downturn of recent years changed that quite a bit. Still, Starbucks has become an enduring American brand, strong enough in name recognition to rival even McDonald's. But, what some people may not realize is that such a large company is also a large employer, with thousands of employees across the entire United States. And one problem that most large employers have to deal with at some point in time is sexual harassment.
It is no secret that many Americans, including thousands in Colorado, have problems with their weight. According to a recent article, there was about a 50 percent increase in the obesity rate in America from 1997 to 2012. For some, extra pounds are viewed as an incentive to exercise, "get into shape" and work the pounds off. For others, obesity is a major concern in their lives, a concern that simply cannot be solved with a renewed focus on eating healthy and exercising.
Although there are numerous state and federal laws designed to prevent and punish employment discrimination, the sad fact is that the problem is still prevalent throughout the country. Despite the best efforts of corporate headquarters and the highest levels of government entities, employers still have to place a great deal of trust in lower-level management officials in the day-to-day tasks of running a business or agency. So, when an appellate court upholds a substantial jury award based on a wrongful termination lawsuit, many employers are likely to take notice.