Discrimination and the Legal Process
Today’s organizations are faced with many ethical and legal issues when dealing with the diverse work force such as the potential of discrimination when conducting day-to-day activities. The issues of diversity and discrimination affect many organizations behavior when considering how to properly treat the employees without making decisions based on based on race, nationality, creed, color, age, sex or sexual orientation. The influence of laws on decision-making has a direct impact on the livelihood of an organization. Understanding laws about discrimination is important if one wishes to be sure he or she is being treated fairly. This paper will discuss the legal process one would pursue whom was discriminated against by a private sector organization and wishes to file a complaint. The factious employee’s name is John and he wants to file a complaint against his employer for discrimination. This paper will describe discrimination laws and show how a complaint begins with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and proceeds through the civil litigation process from the state level up to the United States Supreme Court. There are many types of discrimination and Congress has passed several different Acts that are in place that give us rights to help protect us from being discriminated against. The Equal pay Act was passed in 1963 to prohibit discrimination because of ones sex in the payment of wages by employers. In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits individuals from discrimination in employment based on race, sex, color, national origin, or religion. Then the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) which prohibits people over the age of 40 from being discriminated against was passed in 1967 and amendments where made in 1978 and 1986. Finally, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 were passed and these Acts prohibit discrimination against...
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