Friday, July 22, 2016

When minorities fall victim in the workplace - INDIANAPOLIS RECORDER

by Victoria Swanson 
Originally published: July 21, 2016

Indiana holds an at-will employment law, along with every other state in the United States with the exception of Montana. This law allows employers to terminate an individual for any or no reason at all. One may pose the question: How does this affect minorities including women, ethnic groups, the LBTQ, community, and others?

While there is currently no law stating companies must have a quota for minorities in the hiring process, unfair hiring practices have resulted in lawsuits that prompt companies to fulfill hiring quotas. International employment lawyer Philip Berkowitz of Littler's International Employment Law Practice Group wrote on his company website:

"Individual employment decisions based on protected status generally remain unlawful unless they are part of a policy that is temporary in nature and that responds to a goal of remedying past discrimination."