In today's world of everyone believing that they are entitled to special treatment for one reason or another, it's increasingly difficult to be an HR professional or labor lawyer.
Though it's likely that many of us tend to think of workplace ills, such as discrimination or sexual harassment, as home-grown, you may be surprised (and disheartened) to know that these are problems that know no borders.
A number of Irish companies are trying to ban foreign languages (notably Polish) from their workplaces. What's their problem?
Some people need precious few excuses to let our their inner jerk. So is the state of the economy just the excuse they need?
Last week, I came across an article on a recent Indian High Court verdict, which ruled that sexual harassment in the workplace doesn't necessarily have to happen in the workplace.
When it's tough getting through the work day, there's nothing like a little humor. One blog specifically designed to occupy your downtime at work is The Office Humor Blog.
Would it surprise you if I told you that discriminatory slurs in the UK have virtually doubled in the past five years?
The U.S. has been unable to put together a truly effective workplace anti-discrimination bill at a federal level, so states have been taking it upon themselves to do what the fat cats in Washington DC won't.
It's always troubling when America fails to act like the beacon of reason, freedom, and democracy that she is supposed to represent. Which in this case is exactly what's happening.
It may be against the law to discriminate against employees who have a disability or because of their religious beliefs, but that doesn't stop many UK workers feeling hard done by.
Sexual harassment is yet another example of workplace embarrassments that inexplicably still exists in 2007. It's hard to say whether or not this problem has diminished over the years or if cases simply aren't as hyped in the media as they once may have been.
There's more evidence that the ever-increasing burden of bureaucracy is leading employers in Britain to shun women.
Earlier this week, I followed with great interest a thread on a mailing list where someone posted a job announcement where one of the job requirements was that the candidate be a non-smoker.
A recent amendment passed by the US Congress is a clear attempt to prevent Spanish-speakers from using their language in the American workplace.
A quarter of women in the U.S claim to have experienced discrimination at work, with almost one fifth saying they have been harassed by a fellow employee or manager.
Sadly, racial discrimination in the workplace appears to be a worldwide problem, despite all the efforts to curb it. And things are no different in Singapore.
Obese Americans are more likely to get injured at work, take more time off and are twice as likely to cost their organisations in injury claims than their thinner colleagues.
As a raft of recent research has highlighted, your physical appearance may have much more of an effect on the amount you earn than you might think.
Employers in the UK who discriminate against obese job candidates are quite within their rights to do so, lawyers say, as long as there is no medical reason for their weight problem.
Managers may talk a good talk about diversity but the majority are still white males, with a fifth of Americans saying they know someone who has been denied a job, raise or promotion because of their race or gender.
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