Most people know that there are protected classes, however, they don't always know what constitutes a protected class. A protected class by definition is a group of people with a common characteristic who are legally protected from employment discrimination on the basis of that characteristic. It protects from discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, benefits and any other term or condition of employment. The discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are a member of the same protected class.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. This includes private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and unions. The ADA makes it illegal to discriminate in the job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and any other terms and conditions of employment. Employers also must make reasonable accommodations so that disabled employees can perform the essential duties of their jobs. This requirement makes a strong argument for the significance of job descriptions and the need to make sure they are accurate. Without written documentation about what the essential duties of a job are, the employer can have a more difficult time justifying if they are considering something to not be a reasonable accommodation.
You have probably heard the saying “look on the brighter side”. It’s something we often say to someone when things aren’t going their way or when life seems to be working against them in some way. It serves as a reminder of the bigger picture. It speaks to the art of reframing your reality, of looking at things from a different perspective, and of not allowing certain circumstances to dictate how you feel or act. It is a powerful technique that is full of important lessons for all of us.
For the first time ever there are 5 generations that are actively working today. This article will not delve deep into the generations or the characteristics of each, I simply want to point out what groups and birth years they cover so we can talk more about how this impacts the workplace. Here is the list of the 5 generations that are present within organizations today.