Those in “Protected Classes” are Winning Workplace Abuse Lawsuits


Those in “Protected Classes” are Winning Workplace Abuse Lawsuits

By ABC

There has been great national news stories in The United States regarding people in protected classes winning workplace abuse cases. Are you a member of a protected class? Just about everyone is.

Below, is the definition of “protected class” according to the national “Equal Employment Opportunity Program”

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Protected Class: The groups protected from the employment discrimination by law. These groups include men and women on the basis of sex; any group which shares a common race, religion, color, or national origin; people over 40; and people with physical or mental handicaps. Every U.S. citizen is a member of some protected class, and is entitled to the benefits of EEO law. However, the EEO laws were passed to correct a history of unfavorable treatment of women and minority group members.

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Only those in protected classes, have legal recourse for workplace bullying and mobbing, but only IF they can prove that the abuse was due to discrimination against their protected class. If you’re in a protected class, learn more through the link below. ABC

Click on the link below to reach the national Equal Employment Opportunity Program’s website;

http://www.archives.gov/eeo/policy/

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Read three News Articles Below, About Those in Protected Classes, Winning Their Legal Battles

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Lesbians sue Citrus Heights police, alleging bias in dismissals

By Stan Oklobdzija – stano@sacbee.com

Last Updated 12:35 am PDT Friday, July 18, 2008
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B3

click on the link below;

http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/1091874.html

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2nd Circuit Affirms Award Against Wal-Mart in Disability Bias Case

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Jury Awards $1 Million for Sexual Harassment Against Atlantic Automotive

Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:55pm EST
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Arab-American Who Alleged Hostility at State Agency Wins Award. Published in the St.Louis Post-Dispatch.


Arab-American who alleged hostility at state agency wins $337,000 award

Mohamad Alhalabi

Mohamad Alhalabi

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

CLAYTON — A jury has awarded $337,000 to a former Missouri Department of Natural Resources supervisor who claimed he was subject to a hostile work environment after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the invasion of Iraq.

Click on the blue link to read the full article;

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/EA0FD9E5B71404238625748B0006EC66?OpenDocument

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Comment by ABC

Hurray for Mr. Alhal abi! Even when people are in a protected class like Mr. Alhal abi is, it is still hard for targets of workplace abuse to obtain justice. In Mr. Alhal abi’s case, a jury was convinced that the workplace hostility occurred because he is an Arab-American, of the Muslim faith. Ethnic and religious minorities are considered protected classes, whose members are legally protected from discrimination in the workplace. It is usually easy to prove that abuse occurred, but often hard to prove it occurred because of discrimination.

There are many barriers when seeking legal recourse for workplace abuse, even when someone in a protected class, has solid evidence. It’s often hard or impossible to find an attorney willing to work on a contingency basis and few targets have the financial resources to pay out of pocket upfront.

Not only is the expense prohibitive, but the length of time it takes to go to trial, can be problematic as well. If the case should go to trial years later, witnesses may have forgotten important details or may no longer be available or willing to testify.

People who experience hostility in the workplace, but are not considered to be within a protected class, have no legal recourse at all in The United States. It is not illegal for a bully boss to be verbally and/or emotionally abusive, as long as the abuse is not related to the target being a member of a protected class. Only when a bully breaks existing laws, such as physical assault, or damaging personal property, can legal justice be sought.

These are the reasons that all working Americans need to learn about the phenomenon of workplace bullying and mobbing. All working Americans need to understand that without laws to protect them, they can be chosen as the serial bully boss’s next target, for no valid reason at all. Once chosen as a target, the bully may brutally emotionally abuse them, turn their coworkers against them, then suddenly fire them on a whim and without a valid cause.

Serial bully bosses have the potential to destroy dozens of employees’ physical and emotional health, sometimes disabling a person for life. Despite this destructive force in our workplaces, likely the largest hidden expense in business today, few people in the United States even heard of the bullying and mobbing phenomenon. The time has come for all working Americans to learn to recognize it, name it, and end workplace bullying and mobbing together! ABC

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