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Can I Get a Reasonable Accommodation for My Mental Health Needs?

August 21, 2018

Yes, you can get reasonable accommodations in your workplace for your mental health needs. This right is guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you for having a mental health condition, and denying you reasonable accommodations in the workplace is a form of […]

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What is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act?

June 21, 2018

We live in a rapidly changing world, and our laws need to change just as rapidly to accommodate our changing needs. In 2008, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was passed, adding genetic information to the list of protected classes included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We live in a […]

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When Does Harmless Banter Become Harassment?

May 17, 2018

Banter between colleagues can be fun. It keeps the office feeling lively and helps build and solidify relationships between coworkers. Sometimes, banter involves joking about participants’ looks, personalities, speech patterns, and hobbies. It can become racy and sometimes, inappropriate. Harassment is the act of subjecting an individual to repeated foul or abusive language or unwanted […]

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How Should I Respond to an Insubordination Claim?

March 20, 2018

In a workplace setting, employees are expected to follow their supervisors’ orders. They are also expected to treat each other with respect, especially supervisors and others who are in positions of authority. Refusing to follow an order, mocking a supervisor, and other actions that undermine a supervisor’s authority are all acts of insubordination. Issues surrounding […]

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What Differentiates an Employee From an Independent Contractor?

January 27, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) maintains a set of factors that differentiate an employee from an independent contractor. This is an important distinction for a few reasons. One reason is that employees have certain rights that independent contractors do not have, like the right to earn overtime pay and the right to take unpaid leave […]

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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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