The Value of Fair Treatment in the Workplace

The Value of Fair
Treatment in the Workplace

You have been
hired as a management consultant by a large company to examine the company’s
business decisions regarding employee protections. The applicable laws are
federal anti-discrimination laws, federal health and safety laws, and employer
firing practices related to the employment-at-will (EAW) doctrine.

In response to
the three questions below, write a 4–6 page paper in which you do the
following:

Analyze, identify, and
explain recent legislation, within the last 10 years, that helps to
protect employees from discrimination in the workplace. Provide at least
two federal legislative protections. Provide some insight when the federal
legislation conflicts with the state.  

Explain the EAW doctrine
and all exceptions to the doctrine. Look at the scenarios below
and determine whether the decision to fire the employee is a smart one.
Identify why or why not, and determine all the possible exceptions per the
EAW doctrine that are, might be, or could be applicable if the employee
sues for wrongful termination.

Brenda, a manager,
started a blog on the company website for employee grievances. She
noticed that a worker was protesting that no Asian American employees had
gotten a raise in two years at the company. The worker also criticized
how much the CEO made and how the CEO was “out of touch.”
Brenda reprimanded the worker. The next day, the worker talked to fellow
co-workers about forming a union. Brenda subsequently fired the worker.

Jason, a department
supervisor, requests approval to fire his secretary, Alice. Alice, a
devout Christian, has been putting Right-to-Life flyers in the employee
breakroom. Alice is also taking time out to pray each day during the
busiest time of the morning.

Brian, the head of the
accounting department, refused to sign Lori’s leave request for jury
duty. Lori is a tax attorney in his department. Brian wants to fire Lori
for being absent without permission during their busiest time—tax season.

Peter has worked for
the company for one year. He has a rare form of liver disease and works
with chemicals that make his condition worse. Peter does not want to stop
working, but his boss is not happy with his performance and wants to let
him go.

Determine the federal
law regarding undocumented workers and whether they are eligible for state
workers’ compensation in the United States. Advocate for or against this
practice and substantiate your response with research to support your
position.

Evaluate federal law
relative to workplace discrimination, employment-at-will, and worker’s
compensation eligibility.