In this paper I will go over the history of employment law and a couple of the significant acts that have been passed to protect employees in the United States. These employment laws are Age Discrimination Act Family, Americans with Disabilities Act and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Pregnancy Discrimination Act. These employment laws have been proven to be efficient in providing people with equal opportunities in the workforce. Employment laws are imposed when the employer has to uphold a working relationship with unions because their relationship at the end of the day affects all workers who are members of the amalgamation.
The first act Age Discrimination came about in 1967 basically to stop age discrimination in the workplace. Several reasons for this act to take position based on findings connecting to older employees finding themselves deprived in the work environment (EEOC, 1997). The second act Age Discrimination specifically prohibits employers to refuse employment or discharge individuals based on their age, other conditions like reducing compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment (EEOC, 1997). Americans with Disabilities Act was designed for people with disabilities to have equal opportunities in the world. This act was passed in 1990 to prevent inequity by public entities (Kentucky Office of Americans with Disabilities Act, 2007). Americans with Disabilities Act protects eligible individuals from discrimination from a public entity. The Family and Medical Leave Act were designed to give employees the opportunity to equilibrium work and family life. The Family and Medical Leave Act give employees the chance to take up to 12 weeks off of work during12-month period to attend to their family and personal medical needs. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (EEOC, 2004).
The act states that employers cannot say no to hire a woman if...