Employment Law Blog

The Pay Gap Includes More than Just Gender Disparity

Everyone as certainly heard the arguments regarding equal pay for women. Some speculate that women are paid less simply because they choose lower-paying positions, or that women work more part time ...
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Do Alabama Employees Have a Right to their Personnel Files?

A common question employees ask is whether they have a right to a copy of their personnel files. Perhaps, the question is based on the right individuals have to their medical records. But the laws ...
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Patient Rights or Unlawful Discrimination?

Patient Rights or Unlawful Discrimination? It may be hard to image, but racial and religious discrimination is not only allowed, but openly practiced in many hospitals across the country. Believe it ...
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Pay Disparity in Sports is Gaining Recognition

You have probably heard about the discrimination lawsuit filed by several members of the U.S. National Women's Soccer Team. These female soccer players allege that they are paid less than their ...
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5 Myths Regarding Employee Rights

Even without an employment contract, employees are guaranteed certain legal rights and protections. Some are implied and some are established by the courts. Then there are also legal rights explicitly ...
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How the Equal Pay Act Has Changed

How the Equal Pay Act Has Changed The EPA requires employers to pay men and women equally for performing the same work—hence, the phrase "equal pay for equal work." It applies equally ...
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4 Exceptions to Equal Pay

The basic purpose of the Equal Pay Act is ensuring that male and female employees receive equal pay for equal work. And yet, there are still some differences in pay between male and female employees ...
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When is an Email Really an Expression of Workplace Retaliation?

Defining what constitutes retaliation in the workplace is a challenging task, and actually recognizing it when it occurs can be even more daunting. In many cases, what may "feel like" ...
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Equal Pay Claims Involving "Red Lined" Positions

We are all familiar with the adage: "equal pay for equal work." But, as with most things, there are exceptions. One particular case addressed the issue of so-called "red lined" ...
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Giving Your Employer a Reason to Terminate You

If you are employed in Alabama, you know that we are considered an "at-will" employment state. That means you can be terminated for any reason, or no reason at all, with one exception: ...
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What Happens to an FMLA Claim if I'm Not Actually Eligible?

Most employees believe they can rely on the representations their employers make to them. For instance, if you submit a request for FMLA leave and your employer approves it, why wouldn't you ...
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Can an Employee Refuse FMLA Leave?

Most employees understand that, at the very least, you must notify your employer of your need for FMLA when you request time off. But can you actually decline FMLA leave ? That is – can you ...
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Employment Equality for LGBT Employees

Now that same-sex marriage has been made legal across the country, it is time for the next battle to begin. As the fight for equality for women, minorities, the disabled and many other protected ...
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Not Everything Unpleasant at Work Constitutes a Hostile Work Environment

A hostile workplace is not really about your boss or coworkers being rude, annoying or mean. In order to be illegal, the harassing conduct must be based on one of the recognized protected ...
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Do work-related injuries increase your chance of being fired?

According to a recent study conducted at Harvard, work-related injuries seem to increase the risk of being terminated from your job. After comparing 6 months of data accumulated from employees in the ...
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Are Employees Protected from Workplace Bullying?

A phenomenon most often referred to as "workplace bullying" has increasingly becoming a common complaint in the workplace. Generally speaking, workplace bullying is recognized as offensive ...
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How Employers Can Get Away with Whistleblower Retaliation

It is generally understood that retaliation is illegal. If an employee engages in some form of protected activity and his employer takes negative action against him for that reason, the employer has ...
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When can I File a Lawsuit Following a Workers' Compensation Claim?

Workers' Compensation is essentially an insurance program run by the state of Alabama, which offers medical benefits and wage replacement for employees who sustain a job-related injury. In ...
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Do I Have to Put Up with Harassment by Customers?

A recent sexually hostile work environment case, filed by the EEOC against retail giant Costco, addressed the question of whether an employee is protected against harassment by a customer, when that ...
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The Equal Pay Task Force Leads the Charge in Fighting Discriminatory Pay

More than 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act in order to guarantee equal pay for both men and women who perform the same job. This was the first of many laws ...
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Are Women More Prone to Age Discrimination than Men?

For older individuals in the workforce, especially those looking for jobs, age discrimination is a big problem. Despite the anti-discrimination laws that protect against employment discrimination on ...
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The Push for More Comprehensive Equal Pay Laws

Equal pay for equal work has long been a major employment concern. In Hollywood and Silicon Valley, in fact, there have been many high profile cases challenging gender pay equality in the last year. ...
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Even Your Boss can get in Trouble on Social Media!

Now that Facebook or Twitter has become such an integral part of our lives, we have begun to see more and more cases of employees getting in trouble at work for statements made on social media. Our ...
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4 Things You Need to Know About the Equal Pay Act

You may be surprised to learn that, as recent as 2014, women working full time in the United States were typically paid only 79% of what men were paid. That is a significant gap of 21%. According to ...
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Is the Glass Ceiling Real and Can Women Break Through?

Despite the media's attempts to depict women as gaining more success in the corporate world, gender discrimination is alive and well in our country. Yes, the so-called "glass ceiling" is ...
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