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United States of America (USA) - Business and Workplace Culture

American business culture is well-known for hard work and long hours, especially compared to Europe. There are fewer holidays and in some cases, American companies only allow two weeks a year for holidays. Christmas holidays are fewer with only December 25th being an official day and people do return to work on December 26th.

The business language of the United States is English and this is the main language used in all companies. While the US does not have an official language, English is the business language used in almost all cases. Very rarely will you see a global organisation operating in any other language other than English. With all of this in mind, we do not require any official source to qualify the fact that English is indeed the main, official language of the US. They may have foreign departments where other languages are used, but for the most part, it is all in English.

Discrimination in the Workplace

Federal law has outlawed discrimination in the workplace and any form of discrimination is taken seriously by employment tribunals. Employment law covers all aspects of discrimination in the workplace and the following areas are covered by the Civil Rights Law of 1964:

· Race

· Disability

· Sexual Orientation

· Age

· Citizenship

· Bankruptcy

· Pregnancy

All of these areas have strict anti-discrimination laws in place and any discrimination is considered a violation of a person’s civil rights. Despite the laws, there are still companies who do discriminate without being caught such as employing a male over a female and not willing to employ a woman who may be likely to be leaving a company because she is of child-bearing age. These are very difficult to prove and any lawsuit can be a lengthy process.

For the most part, women are welcomed into the workplace with major companies and sex discrimination is now at an all-time low.

In some states, there are anti-discrimination laws against height and weight discrimination. Federal laws and state laws work closely together to ensure that discrimination is kept in check.

Women in the Workplace

While working women are still highly welcomed in the US, surprisingly there are fewer women in the American workforce than in the 1970s.

The US military does not allow women to be employed in certain positions (mainly in frontline combat).

Strike Action in the US

There has been a rapid decline in strike action and union membership in the US since World War II. This has been due to an increase in the standard of living and other positive outcomes from improved labour laws and anti-discrimination laws.

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