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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Engineer files discrimination suit against PA steel company

An electrical enginner employed with a Pennsylvania steel compay, ArcelorMittal Steel USA, recently filed a discrimination claim alleging that the company violated the Civil irghts Act by acting in a racially discriminatory manner.

Pregnant Pa. women continue to face workplace discrimination

As we often discuss in this Pittsburgh Employment Law Blog, although significant strides have been made in order to provide equal rights to women in the workplace, women continue to face discrimination in the workplace in the 21st century. One unfair employment obstacle that many women confront here in Pennsylvania is that of pregnancy discrimination.

Equal Pay Act turns 50 but still no equality for women workers

The Equal Pay Act has been the law of the land for more than five decades, but American workplaces have yet to achieve the promise made in the title of the law. Women in the United States still make only 77 cents for every dollar that men make, due in large part to systematic discrimination and covert biases that guide hiring and promotional decisions.

Shareholders reject anti discrimination measure at Exxon meeting

Last week we wrote about the criticism that Exxon Mobil is facing because of their policies on workplace and hiring discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. The oil company is one of few remaining Fortune 500 companies that does not offer protection for LGBT employees through its corporate policies, a fact which has somewhat tarnished its public reputation. 

Discrimination against LGBT employees still legal

A new employee settles in at her desk, puts a photo of her significant other in her office, and discusses mundane aspects of her personal life at work. Later, she brings her significant other into the office to meet her coworkers and her boss. After a few years, the employee notices that she has been passed up for promotions while others with fewer qualifications have moved ahead.

Allegheny County employee passed over for promotion based on gender

An employee at the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families says he was passed over for a promotion because of his gender. The lawsuit, filed recently by this law firm, details the gender discrimination that the man says he experienced at work.

Pittsburgh police department accused of hiring discrimination

We have written about hiring bias in local police departments all over Pennsylvania in the past. For some reason, those charged with enforcing the law seem to struggle to uphold it in some ways, failing to honor equal protection and antidiscrimination laws on the state and federal level, according to recent lawsuits.

Obama declares National Equal Pay Day

The President of the United States took a meaningful stance on pay equality for women this week when he declared a National Equal Pay Day. The day is aimed at raising awareness of the problem of unequal pay for equal work, specifically at the wage gap between men and women and between white workers and minorities.

Can smokers be denied jobs in Pennsylvania?

Many people are aware of the health risks associating with smoking and using other type of tobacco products. In recent years, facing rising health insurance costs and a need to maintain a productive and healthy workforce, employers have been looking at policies that they can implement to help keep costs down and keep workers healthy. Some employers offer discounted gym memberships, others promote healthy options in the cafeteria or vending machines, while others have taken the arguably more extreme step of banning smoking.

Racial discrimination alleged by Pennsylvania man fired from U-Haul

A former employee of self-moving company U-Haul says that he was wrongfully terminated after three years of working at the company. The case was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and alleges several different instances of possible illegal conduct on the part of the employer.