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Overtime Violation Class Action against Bed Bath & Beyond

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to all employees who spend more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week on the job. Every hourly employee, except those ...
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Employee Terminated for Sharing Stale Cake with Fellow Employees

In a very recent case out of the Ninth Circuit, a female employee was terminated for allegedly stealing from the company. The employee, a single mother of seven, supervised the night-shift freight ...
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Are Bilingualism Requirements in the Workplace Discrimination?

According to a report in 2015, there are a record 64.7 million residents in the United States who speak a foreign language at home. That number represents an increase of 5.2 million since 2010. ...
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Employers Should Honor their Promises With Regard to FMLA

The FMLA has many requirements that both employers and employees are required to follow in order to comply with this important federal law. One of those requirements involves submitting appropriate ...
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Imposing a Heavier Workload Can be Discriminatory

While under usual circumstances, an employer is free to assign workloads in any manner they choose, when a heavy workload is the result of discriminatory animus, it could be illegal. This is not an ...
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Reporting Employees to ICE in Retaliation for Workers' Comp Claims

It is true that retaliation, and specifically workers’ comp retaliation, can come in many different forms. With immigration issues heading up the news, these two cases are examples of yet ...
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Limitations on Damages for FLSA Retaliation Claims

A recent case involving an employee and his spouse, who were evicted following claims of FLSA violations, demonstrates some of the limitations imposed on claims for violation of the Fair Labor ...
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Is There Something to Fear in Your Severance Agreement?

When an employee’s term of service is ending, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, many employers offer those employees severance agreements in exchange for some form of compensation. Generally ...
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Flu Shot Exemption as Religious Accommodation

A recent case out of Pennsylvania focuses on a requested religious accommodation that would exempt certain employees from their employer’s flu shot requirement. Instead of granting this ...
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Cancer Survivor Denied Work Accommodations by Wal-Mart

The unfortunately reality for some employees is that their employers consistently refuse to provide reasonable accommodations when an employee is suffering from an illness or injury. Battling a ...
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Transgender Male Terminated For Not Returning From the Restroom on Time

A recent case alleging gender and race discrimination out of Kentucky has some interesting facts. A black transgender male alleges he was harassed and treated differently than white, non-transgender ...
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Alabama Staffing Company Sued by the EEOC for Employment Discrimination

In a very egregious display of broad discrimination against Latino employees, Labor Solutions of Alabama, LLC has been charged with violations of various anti-discrimination laws that protect ...
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4 Things You Should Know About Gender Identity in the Workplace

In light of the recent passage of the so-called “bathroom bills” in North Carolina, which require certain facilities to restrict the use of bathroom facilities to the biological sex of ...
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Racist and Sexist Comments Should Not be Allowed Even on the Picket Line

This may not be an issue on most people’s radars, but not all conduct on the picket line is unregulated. You may have read stories, or witnessed yourself, groups of unhappy employees expressing ...
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New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination in Employment

Very recently, the EEOC published new enforcement guidelines regarding national origin discrimination. The purpose of this new guidance is to address the more current cultural issues and developments ...
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Employer Cites the Need to "Sprinkle a Little Salt" as Reason for Terminating Black Employees

In a very different case of race discrimination, a manager commented that he wanted to “sprinkle a little salt” in the workplace. A black employee who was later demoted filed suit. Race ...
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Can I Be Fired for Complaining About Someone Else Being Harassed?

The primary reason most people do not speak up when they witness illegal activity in the workplace is because they fear repercussions. They are often afraid, and rightly so, that they may be ...
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Employee Terminated After Reporting Mold Problems in the Workplace

A Pennsylvania woman who worked for a pallet company was terminated after she complained of a mold problem in the workplace. Her termination is considered a violation of OSHA's whistleblower ...
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The Legality of English-Only Workplace Policies

As the workforce in our country has continued to change over the last 20 years, it is reported that approximately 17.5% of the population speaks a language other than English. That equates to roughly ...
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How the Definition of "Employee" Can Change the Course of a Lawsuit

A recent case out of Louisiana highlights the issues that can arise in employment discrimination cases simply based on the definition of "employee”. It is not uncommon for the success of an ...
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Employer Improperly Uses Hiring Formula Based on Applicant's History of Sick Leave

In a very interesting case out of Jackson, Mississippi, an employer was found to be using a hiring formula that targeted applicants with a history of sick leave for rejection. The EEOC rejected this ...
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How Do So-Called "Bathroom Bills" Affect Transgender Discrimination Claims?

If you have paid any attention to the news lately, you are familiar with the recent concerns regarding the use of public restrooms by the transgender community. In fact, there have been various laws ...
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How the Ministerial Exception Affects Religious Discrimination Claims

It is well known that Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on religious affiliation or beliefs. Yet, as with most things, there are certain exceptions or exemptions to Title VII’s ...
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Can My Employer Terminate me for Filing Bankruptcy?

Typically, when we think of unlawful retaliation in the workplace, issues like sexual harassment, whistleblowing and race or gender discrimination come to mind. There are actually many different types ...
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Did Police Officer Suspended for Controversial Facebook Posts Suffer Retaliation?

Most employers these days have established certain workplace policies regarding employee conduct online, especially in light of the enormous popularity of social media. The main concern in most cases ...
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