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Discrimination and Harassment at Your Job

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. These laws protect employees and job applicants against:

  • Discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment in the workplace by anyone because of:
    • Race
    • Color
    • Religion
    • Sex (including gender identity, transgender status, and sexual orientation)
    • Pregnancy
    • National origin
    • Age (40 or older)
    • Disability
    • Genetic information
  • Being denied reasonable workplace accommodations for a disability or religious beliefs
  • Retaliation because they:
    • Complained about job discrimination
    • Helped with an investigation or lawsuit

Description of At-will employment

Here in the United States, there are a lot of employment practices. One of these practices that many might be a little familiar with is what we call At-Will employment. Although it is a practice that has been there, not many people have fully understood what it means and how it is carried out. The big question that many ask is whether an employer has the right to fire an employee without any reason? That is, can an employer terminate someone from his or her job at will without any specific cause. First, we need to look at what it means and how it can be applied in the workplace. At-will employment is a contractual right for an employer to terminate an employee at any time for no reason.

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