Employment Law Fact or Fiction, by Adam Scholl
Given the amount of government regulation affecting the workplace, knowledge of the law is crucial for success. However, the public perception of the law is often very different from how the law plays out in practice. Can you distinguish the myths from the facts below? Visit the U.S. Department of Labor website for more information on federal employment discrimination and other workplace-related laws.
- All discrimination in the workplace is illegal.
- If a female and a male applicant both apply for the same job position, the company must hire the female applicant.
- It is unlawful to refuse to hire an individual because that individual is perceived as ugly.
- In order to avoid the appearance of discrimination, companies must hire a certain number of female, disabled, and minority applicants.
- Gender discrimination laws do not apply to men.
- If a Hispanic American sues a company for racial discrimination it’s likely that the lawsuit will if the company already employs Hispanic Americans.
- Terminating an individual over 50 years old will violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
- Alcoholism is a recognized disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.