Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Rights and Responsibilities

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TYPE OF CONDUCT PROHIBITED IN EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS

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Employment discrimination laws protect workers and prospective workers from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, and unfair documentary practices related to employment eligibility, religion, sex, age, or disability.  These laws cover both individual employers and employment agencies, including DHS and contractors that provide job placement services for our program participants.  The laws prohibit discrimination in all aspects of the employment process: hiring and discharge, compensation, assignments, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

 

Examples:

 

-          Employers or those referring welfare participants to employers may not discriminate because a person looks “foreign” or has an accent.

-          Employers must accommodate an employee’s or welfare participant’s religious practices unless doing so would create an undue hardship.  For example, people must normally be permitted to wear religious attire unless doing so would create a safety hazard.  Furthermore, a welfare agency may not refuse to refer an individual for employment because of his/her need for religious accommodation.

-          Employers may not place female Families First participants in office positions while male Families First participants are placed in manual labor positions based on assumptions of the individual’s skills and strengths.

 

Glossary

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