The US has come a long way as far as civil rights are concerned. But there are still some surprising ways people can be discriminated against in the workplace – legally. Here are some ways your employer can legally discriminate against you at work.
If You’re Gay
Believe it or not, certain states do not prohibit employers from firing (or not hiring in the first place) people who are gay. In fact, only 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws that prohibit this discrimination. That means in the other states, employers are legally free to fire people just for being gay.
If You’re Overweight
No federal statute exists, that bars discrimination against individuals based on their weight. Only one state – Michigan – has a law that prohibits it. Overweight people who seek justice need to prove that they are not just overweight, but obese. In this case, they may be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that protects individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Speak with a labor law specialist in your area if you feel you are being wrongfully discriminated at work.
If You’re a Parent
In the majority of states, it’s legal for an employer to not hire you or to deny promotion based on the fact that you have kids that will demand a lot of your time and attention. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees while they are pregnant, and the Family and Medical Leave Act stipulates that many employees get 12 weeks of unpaid leave to tend to a baby. However, after that, you’re mainly on your own.
Considering these scenarios, you’d be well-advised to seek legal advice to see what recourse you have if you believe you are being discriminated against in the workplace.
Temps hit 40 degrees last night and it’s time to insulate where I didn’t think we needed it. When I woke up with my nose and feet super cold, I decided that it was nearly time to look for extra insulation for around my bedroom windows. This may also turn into not only a home improvement project, but also a decoration or rather redecorating, project as well. I call it an investment.
After I figure out what kind of insulation I want to use for the windows, I’m thinking about different window coverings also. This will then lead to new pillow slips, comforters, and of course sheets, a new blankie and area rugs. I sometimes get a bit carried away and overspend, so I’m going to set a budget for myself and try to stick to it.
I have used the kind of window insulation that is clear plastic and then you take a hair dryer to make the plastic fit tight, but it turned out to be a total disaster. Maybe I was doing it wrong, and of course, it was at that time a new item on the market. Perhaps they have improved that method or I may have gotten more savvy to this sort of thing. Who knows? It might be worth a try, since it’s a must for me to be able to see out windows, or I feel very claustrophobic. At any rate, this is going to be my new project over the next month, besides my October crafts and planning for the Halloween holiday!
Whether you’re a first-time theater goer or a long-time veteran of the performing arts, there’s always something more you can do to ensure you have the best evening at a theater. Reserve tickets on a regular basis, and remember to put the most into each excursion – because you’ll get the most back.
Find the Right Show
The best theaters have a wide variety of theater entertainment. Just because you love the theater doesn’t mean you’ll love every possible performance. Do your research and see what kind of shows your local community theater plans to put on. If you enjoy talent shows, for example, get tickets for singing competitions. If you like comedy, don’t saddle yourself with a dramatic show.
While there’s nothing wrong with seeing shows alone, you’ll have more fun with a friend or family member – or better yet, a large group. Make an entire day of it. Meet up for dinner, dress in coordinated outfits, and go out after the show to discuss the highlights. Make it a regular thing, something you look forward to every month or even every week.
Even as an audience member, theater is as much about what you put into it as it is what you get out of it. Pan the day right, and you’ll enjoy it even more than you thought possible.
One of my favorite comfort foods is chicken and dumplings. I have tried several different recipes for it. Some of the local restaurants have good versions. But the one I make at home with Bisquick is the best.