Employment Law Blog

Fire Chiefs Accused of Sex Discrimination Challenge Own Terminations

Fire Chiefs Accused of Sex Discrimination Challenge Own Terminations In an interesting turn of events, three former fire chiefs of the Monarch Fire Protection District in Missouri filed a lawsuit ...
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Out With the Old, In With the New

Out With the Old, In With the New As Charles Darwin said, "[i]t is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change." For employees in the more ...
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How Does Inclement Weather Affect Wage & Hour Laws?

How Does Inclement Weather Affect Wage & Hour Laws? Alabama residents may be used to tornados, but snow storms and icy conditions are a different story. Last year we barely survived ...
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Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes

Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes Most of us are familiar with the dreaded arbitration agreement, often included in purchase agreements and other consumer contracts. Essentially, the ...
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New Overtime Law for Home-Care Workers Struck Down

New Overtime Law for Home-Care Workers Struck Down Federal laws require employers to pay their employees overtime pay for all work performed that exceeds eight hours a day, or forty hours a week. ...
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Federal Whistleblower Statutes: An Overview

Federal Whistleblower Statutes: An Overview It is important to employment that whistleblower statutes are there to protect employees who choose to do the right thing, when their employers do not. ...
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Are Employer Wellness Programs Discriminatory

Are Employer Wellness Programs Discriminatory The goal of employer wellness programs is to encourage employees to become and remain healthier. Wellness programs are actually very popular. In fact, ...
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How to Know if You Are Eligible for FMLA Leave

How to Know if You Are Eligible for FMLA Leave A federal statute known as the FMLA, or the Family and Medical Leave Act, protects employees who need to take leave from work, either for their own ...
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Replacing an Employee While on FMLA Leave

Can you imagine suffering from a serious medical condition and, while you are out on FMLA leave receiving treatment, your employer replaces you? It happens more often than you may think. Under most ...
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McDonald's Faces Serious Claims of Race and Sex Discrimination

McDonald's is certainly no stranger to lawsuits. Usually, the claims involve personal injury of some type. Who can forget the million dollar cup of hot coffee? But recently, McDonald's found ...
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"I Didn't Know She Was Pregnant When I Cut Her Hours!"

Discrimination against an employee because she is pregnant violates federal law. Responding to this type of claim by saying you didn't know the employee was pregnant seems like a reasonable ...
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Alabama's Whistleblower Protections

Many people who become aware of the illegal conduct of another are compelled to report that conduct. However, the same may not be true when the person engaging in illegal conduct is an employer. In ...
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Employer Hit Hard for Unpaid Overtime

Working overtime is a good way to increase your income. Unless, of course, your employer doesn't pay you for that time. There are federal laws that protect an employee's right to be paid for ...
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Georgia Nurse Gets Jail Time for Workers' Comp Fraud

Workers' Compensation fraud can be committed by employers and employees. You may have an employee who exaggerates his injury in order to get more time off, or an employer who underreports its ...
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Alabama Employee Terminated for Symbol of Modesty

Employer-imposed restrictions on clothing worn by employees is not a novel idea. Appropriate dress is a very common requirement for nearly every job you can imagine. In most cases, professional, ...
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Racial Discrimination Is Still Alive in Alabama

In 2015, it may be hard to imagine that overt signs of race discrimination would still be commonplace, even in Alabama. But, the truth is, they are. On New Year's Eve, Terry Turner was celebrating ...
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FMLA Parental Leave Applies to Women AND Men

There are several federal laws that protect the sanctity of a new life, even in the context of employment matters. Protections have been created for pregnant employees and for employees suffering from ...
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ADA Protects One-Armed Security Guard

It is illegal to discriminate against someone because of a disability, or even a perceived disability. Employers are allowed to raise many different defenses, upon being accused of discrimination. The ...
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How to Avoid the Non-Compete Nightmare

Non-compete agreements, in the employment context, are meant to protect the interests of the employer. When a company shares its ideas and business practices with its employees, which is inevitable, a ...
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Does FMLA Require a Doctor's Note?

The Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees eligible employees at least 12 weeks of leave from work, in the event of a serious illness. Leave is also allowed if an immediate family member of an ...
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How Well Does the WPA Protect Federal Employees?

It seems only fair that the government should provide protection for individuals who report illegal conduct, especially when there is a public interest in doing so. Indeed, that is the purpose of the ...
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Should Employers Provide Protection Against Domestic Violence in the Workplace?

From a premises liability perspective, an employer would be responsible for the welfare of its employees to a certain degree, and would owe certain duties to those employees, while they worked on the ...
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Public Policy Exceptions to the Employment-At-Will Doctrine in Alabama

The well-known, but often despised, "employment-at-will doctrine" means that, without a written employment contract, employees can be terminated for any reason, or no reason at all. ...
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FMLA Leave Allowed after Daughter's Sexual Assault

There may be nothing more traumatic than the sexual assault of your child. Certainly, such a horrific incident would have emotional, and possibly physical, effects on the parents as well as the child. ...
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Can an Employer Violate the Terms of Its Handbook?

Most employees see their employee handbook as a list of rules they need to follow. The purpose of the handbook is to set out your employer's expectations and describe what the employee should ...
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