Discrimination, Bullying and Hate Speech – The First Amendment Walks a Thin Line

Discrimination, bullying and hate speech, while hurtful and illegal in most states, is being allowed by 1st Amendment rights in a thin line on air and in print!

Please, before anyone gets offended or hurt by my statements, I am not against the First Amendment. I fully support the right to free speech, but while we have the right to free speech, there is a thin line on what people say that crosses that line into hate speech and bigotry, and bullying.

The EEOC: Ignoring Lawlessness in the Federal Sector

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC is to explain and enforce federal laws barring discrimination in the American workplace.  However, the federal agency may often ignore the unlawful discriminatory acts of “federal” officials.  The latest Annual Report on the Federal Workforce on the EEOC’s website shows federal workplace discrimination statistics for the fiscal year 2015.  The report expressly shows how seldom federal agencies, including the EEOC, rule in favor of complainants. Out of the 6,009 merit complaints closed, the federal government found discrimination (against itself) in only 168 cases (2.7%).  Several factors contribute to the low rate of discrimination findings in the federal workplace.  The EEOC report is silent on such factors, including the two, which are covered in this article.

Nike: The Good, Bad and Ugly

The United States Imposed Laws on Bullies, But is That Enough?

We have all heard news stories on kids bullying other kids in school, on the playground, and at school events, but rarely do we hear school officials, government legislators, or other officials mention the need for laws to ensure children are not bullied. Adults have workplace laws that protect them from bullying, or as we call it harassment and discrimination.