If you asked a random person on the streets of St. Paul if they liked their job, chances are they'd say no. But sometimes, it's not for the reasons most people might think. Sometimes, it's because they are in a hostile work environment but get little relief from management who may not be doing anything to remedy the situation. While this is against federal employment laws, we see situations like this happening in states across the nation.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against an office furniture and supply company in Worthington after its operations manager allegedly set up the business’s security cameras to focus in on an employee’s breasts and body and streamed hours of that video to his office computer. This created a sexually-hostile work environment what the EEOC called a “particularly egregious” violation of her and all of its employees’ rights.
Without admitting any wrongdoing, Carrols Corporation, the world's largest operator of Burger King franchises, recently settled a multi-state lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Carrols operates 575 Burger King restaurants in 13 states, although apparently not in Minnesota. In fact, just last year Carrols acquired 278 Burger King restaurants, and Burger King Corporation gained a 28.9 percent stake in Carrols.
Last week, workers at multiple Walmart stores in Southern California engaged in a one-day strike. The work-stoppage was the first in Walmart's 50-year history, and the company maintains an entirely union-free workforce in North America. It wasn't a traditional strike, because most of the workers can't afford to stay away from work. Can they afford to stand up for employee rights in this economy?
"She didn't apply to Hooters and she didn't apply to a bar in Vegas," the employment law attorney representing an LA-area waitress told reporters. "I mean, it was only toward the end of her employment she and other women were asked to wear these provocative outfits."