In the #MeToo era, working women in a range of jobs and industries are saying, "Enough." In a recent, shocking example, six former cheerleaders have taken legal action against the Houston Texans football team and cheerleading coach, alleging they worked in a hostile environment where body shaming, intimidation and bullying occurred regularly. This type of treatment is considered sexual harassment, a form of sex discrimination, and is illegal under federal law.
This past May, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employees must comply with arbitration clauses in their employment contracts. Those clauses require plaintiffs to resolve legal disputes with their employers through arbitration instead of joining other employees in class action lawsuits.
When hurricanes or other natural disasters strike, most people are concerned primarily with survival and recovery in the aftermath. The last thing those living in impacted areas are probably worrying about is protecting their jobs. Unfortunately, if this unforeseen situation isn't handled properly with an employer, a person's job security may be at risk.