Employment Law Blog

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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Can You Believe They Still Hang Nooses in Workplaces?

While it is true that racial harassment cases have more than doubled in the last 20 years, it is still hard to believe that racial slurs are still so rampant in the workplace. Not to mention other ...
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OSHA Rules in Favor of Employees in Southern Air Whistleblower Case

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Southern Air, Inc. to pay more than $400,000 to an employee who blew the whistle on safety concerns. One ...
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Same-Sex Spouses Could Potentially Be Protected Under the FMLA

The FMLA is a well-known federal law that requires employers to allow its eligible employees to receive 12-weeks of leave time for certain family and medical related reasons. One of the protections ...
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Wage and Hour Violation Claims Have Reached Epidemic Proportions

Employment law issues can be very diverse and cover nearly every aspect of a person's employment relationship – from salary to promotions to termination. One of the most important aspects of ...
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Alabama's Overtime Laws

As hardworking Alabamians, most of us know that when you work overtime, you are supposed to be paid, what is often referred to as, "time and a half." There are actually laws that guarantee ...
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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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