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Recognizing Subtle Forms of Harassment in the Workplace

December 19, 2017

A workplace where harassment is a common, accepted part of the culture is known as a hostile work environment. In a hostile work environment, employees can feel demoralized and unable to produce their best work, which hurts the company. Environments like this can also have high turnover rates because of the abuse employees face. State […]

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My Employer Offered to Pay Me Via Payroll Card. Is this Legal?

August 24, 2017

In today’s increasingly paperless world, many employers are switching to electronic forms of payment. These include direct deposit into the employees’ bank accounts, payment via online platforms, and payroll cards. For many employees, these electronic payment forms are easier and more convenient than receiving a traditional paper check. Just like everything else within the realm […]

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Recognizing Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

July 30, 2017

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include pregnancy as a protected class. With this amendment, it became illegal to fire employees for being pregnant. It also became illegal to discriminate against employees in any way on the grounds of pregnancy or childbirth. Pregnancy discrimination, […]

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Recognizing Age Discrimination in the Workplace

June 14, 2017

Discrimination in any form is a violation of federal employment laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many states have state-specific employment laws that go beyond this Act to provide further protections to workers. When an employee faces unfair treatment at work because of a characteristic that he or she cannot […]

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What to Do When a Wrongful Termination is Disguised as a Legitimate Firing

June 7, 2017

Typically, employers have the right to fire any employee at any time for almost any reason. The exception to this is firing an employee for an illegal reason, which is known as a wrongful termination. Wrongful terminations are defined as any termination made for a discriminatory reason, such as the employee’s race, sex, or religion, […]

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Did You Work Overtime? Know Your Rights to Compensation

May 19, 2017

For most employees, the standard workweek is 40 hours within a seven-day period. This is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This and laws such as the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act comprise the legal area known as employment law. When an employee covered by this act works more […]

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Can They Ask Me That? Five Examples of Illegal Interview Questions You Do Not Have to Answer

February 28, 2017

Despite laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 designed to eliminate discrimination in the workplace, discrimination does still happen. As an employee, be vigilant to instances of discrimination so you can be a better advocate for yourself and others. Below are five interview questions […]

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Seeking Reasonable Accommodations During Your Pregnancy

December 13, 2016

Every pregnancy is unique. Some women experience easy pregnancies with few difficulties and little discomfort. Others become fairly incapacitated while they are pregnant, physically unable to leave home or perform strenuous tasks. For working women, being pregnant can make the workday more stressful and even make some job duties impossible to perform. Under the Pregnancy […]

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Was That an Illegal Interview Question?Hiring and Firing,

December 8, 2016

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or a prospective employee on the basis of the employee’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or national origin. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with physical and mental disabilities from discrimination in the […]

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Can I Refuse to Take a Drug Test Requested by My Employer?

November 29, 2016

Many workplaces required their employees to undergo drug testing. This may be done as part of the applicant screening process or as a regular occurrence for all employees to ensure that they are not putting themselves and others at risk by working while impaired. This is completely legal, but companies that choose to drug test […]

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