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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?

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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Is This Age Discrimination?

July 6, 2016

There are many ways you can face discrimination at work. Race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and your national origin are just a few of the many types of discrimination you can face. You can also face discrimination based on your age. This is a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, one […]

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Is Affirmative Action a Type of Discrimination?

June 20, 2016

As a working American, you are probably aware of the concept of affirmative action. The idea first appeared in the 1960s, when President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925, which ordered that employers in the United States not discriminate against job applicants and employees based on their race, ethnicity, and religious affiliation, and that employers take […]

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What is Arbitration?

May 11, 2016

Arbitration is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that is often used to resolve contract disputes. These disputes can be between an employer and employee, a company and its vendors or contractors, between partners in a company or shareholders and the company’s owners, or any other pair or group of parties connected by a […]

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Sexual Harassment: Quid Pro Quo vs. a Hostile Work Environment

May 3, 2016

Sexual harassment in the workplace is never a good thing. It creates tension between employees and their superiors, which lowers productivity and can cause irreparable damage to a victim’s career. When asked, many people reply that they know how to recognize sexual harassment in the workplace, but they might not realize that sexual harassment goes […]

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