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The History and Evolution of Federal Employment Laws

Employment Law Paper

Discuss specific employment situations and issues you have encountered. (I am a owner of a manufacturing company) Include what you know about employment conflicts, questions, grievances, lawsuits, etc., by an acquaintance or yourself. Analyze the experienced employment situation and describe the legal actions taken to handle or resolve the situations. (Hypothetical)

Prepare a 1,050-1,500-word paper describing employment issues and situations you encountered, explaining and addressing as many of the following items in the paper as they apply to the experience:

Describe the history and evolution of federal employment laws pertaining to each employment situation. Include descriptions and application of such acts as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Describe in what manner the above-discussed federal employment laws were effective in resolving or not resolving each specific employment situation.

Describe which actions, if any, the employers involved in the situation were obligated to perform certain functions as a result of complying with the federal employment acts.

Explain how the employment situations would or could have been handled if the worker involved in the situation was not an "employee," but an agent of the company or a contract laborer. Explain whether or not the protection afforded workers under the federal employment acts applies to agents or contract laborers.

Describe how the situations would or could have been handled if the worker was a member of a union or a party to a collective bargaining contract.

Although the employment situations discussed in the paper are based on your personal experiences, you should properly cite sources to support the actions taken by both the employer and the employee in the paper.

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Introduction

The purpose of this report is to analyze a specific, hypothetical employment situation encountered and to include the information regarding employment conflicts, questions, grievances, lawsuits, etc., in terms of how the situation was handled or resolved. Employment situations are a constant issue everyday in any organization; it is how you handle them both legally and professionally that counts.

Employment Law Situation

In this situation an employee, new to office politics was continuously making slanderous or racial remarks. Not that they were blatantly slanderous or racial, he did them ignorantly. The employee would make remarks such as "old people should not drive. Anyone over the age of 50 should be restricted from driving. They always cut me off. Forget it if they are Asian, it doesn't matter what their age is" or "well, all the people who live in that neighborhood are white and rich" or "only tall Mexicans hold positions of management" which were obviously against the diversity policy at the organization. On another occasion, frustrated by the lack of Starbucks Coffee houses in the area, he made a comment to another employee upon arriving at training one morning. "Don't Asians drink coffee around here?" Several employees had made other observations in regards to comments made about African Americans and Asians; however, after this last comment, several employees brought it to the attention of the employee's manager to address.

Federal Employment Laws

First and foremost, the employee was in violation of federal laws which protect employees regarding slanderous or racially remarks. According to Title VII, it is illegal to harass someone because of the person's race or color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth and national origin (including membership in a Native American tribe). This is not just employers but employees as well. When the employee was confronted about the situation, he said that the person he said these things to was agreeing with him; however, it was brought to the employee's attention that it was not that particular employee that complained, rather a group of people who overheard this. Of course, this upset the employee stating that the other employees were ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses specific employment situations and issues in terms of a manufacturing organization and includes information on employment conflicts, questions, grievances, lawsuits, etc. This solution also discusses the history and evolution of federal employment laws and describes the application of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. The solution is approximately 1200 word in length and has six citations.

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