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June 2016 Archives

CFPB still under fire for employee issues

Some Pennsylvania residents may be aware that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been under scrutiny by the Government Accountability Office due to its treatment of employees and the poor workplace environment. Although the CFPB has made strides in reducing problems related to lack of fair treatment, a survey of employees found that many believe the agency is still run by managers who are both vengeful and discriminatory.

Workplace discrimination against pregnant women

Employers in Pennsylvania and around the country with a workforce of 15 or more may face significant penalties if they discriminate directly against pregnant workers or allow discrimination or harassment against them to go unpunished. Federal laws that extend rights to pregnant workers include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. These rights may also be protected by state and local laws as well.

New guidelines on national origin discrimination

Foreign-born individuals in Pennsylvania could be subjected to national origin discrimination while they are looking for a job or during their employment. National origin discrimination occurs when an employer treats a worker unfairly because the employer believes that the worker is from a certain area of the world. Employers may have committed national origin discrimination even if they were wrong in their assumption about where a worker is from.

Understanding wrongful termination in Pennsylvania

Like many other states, Pennsylvania is an at-will state for employment. This means that employees who are working without a contract that states the reasons for which they can be terminated may be fired for any reason at any time. The exception to this rule is that the reason for the firing must not be an illegal one.

Employee rights during FMLA leave

Many employees of covered Pennsylvania companies have the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off for a family or medical issue. According to the Family and Medical Leave Act, employers cannot prevent employees from taking leave or interfere with their decision to take it. Employers cannot fire workers for taking FMLA leave, and they must reinstate workers in the same position or an equivalent one once they return to work.