Employment Law Blog

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 Worker's 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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Can My Employer Force Me to Work Overtime?

You just finished working your shift and your supervisor pulls you aside and says you need to stay on for another four hours to cover part of a co-worker's shift. Although you may get paid to work ...
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Employee Told "Don't Die at the Desk" Brings FMLA and ADA Claims

If you just returned from work after having open heart surgery, you would not expect your supervisor to tell you, "don't die at the desk." This comment is insensitive, to say the least. ...
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AutoZone Hit with $185 Million Verdict in Gender and Pregnancy Discrimination Case

One former AutoZone employee has been vindicated in a big way, after filing suit for gender and pregnancy discrimination. After being awarded $872,719 for lost earnings and emotional distress, the ...
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Can I Sue if My Employer Sexually Harasses Men and Women?

Sexual harassment in the employment context takes many different forms. Men harass women and women harass men. Same-sex harassment has also been recognized by the courts. Harassing conduct can range ...
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Not All Complaints about Your Employer Are Protected

It has pretty much become common knowledge that making complaints about illegal conduct occurring in your workplace is considered protected; meaning you cannot be retaliated against for making ...
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Race Discrimination: Is it Failure to Promote or Unequal Pay?

There are many ways for employers to discriminate against employees. These "adverse employment actions" can include termination, discipline, demotion, failure to promote, unequal pay, etc. ...
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Employer Claims Insurance Carrier Will No Longer Cover 75-Year-Old Employees

Employers cannot simply fire someone because they have gotten too old, can they? Certainly not. But what if the employer claims its liability insurance carrier will not cover employees who are 75 or ...
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Are Employers Required to Give Pregnant Employees Light Duty?

You might think that an employer would have no problem allowing a pregnant employee to lighten her workload, for her own safety and the safety of the baby. That is not always the case. It is all too ...
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FMLA Notices Sent by Email May Not Be Sufficient

If you have requested Family Medical Leave, you are aware of the notices that employers are required to provide employees regarding the FMLA. Ongoing communication between you and your employer is ...
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Can I Prove Discrimination if the Person Who Fired Me Was Also the Person Who Hired Me?

Proving discrimination in the workplace is always tricky. Unfortunately, there are certain facts that can make finding sufficient proof even trickier. In the majority of workplace discrimination ...
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Can Employers Discriminate Based on Appearance?

Workplace dress code issues are not uncommon. In states that are "at-will" employment states, your boss can make an employment decision based on any reason, as long as it is not considered a ...
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Whistleblower Protection Includes Complaints of Co-Worker's Illegal Conduct

The most common examples of whistleblower cases are those where an employee reports a company's illegal conduct to a regulatory agency, such as tax fraud or unsafe work conditions. But are you ...
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