Blog Posts in 2013

What Is the Difference Between an Independent Contractor and an Employee?

Are you wondering whether you are an employee or an independent contractor? Does it matter? In many cases it does. There are legal differences between these two designations and these differences may ...
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Is the Threat of a Demotion Sufficient to Establish Discrimination?

In a case decided this summer, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals was asked to answer the question of whether a mere threat of demotion is a sufficient basis upon which to bring a ...
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Is Same-Sex Harassment Against The Law?

What do you do if your male supervisor calls you a "faggot" or a "sissy" and simulates anal sex when you bend over while doing your job? What if you know that supervisor is not ...
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Sexual Harassment Comes In Many Different Forms.

If you follow college football, you may have heard about the scandal at Ohio State. OSU had its second consecutive championship-caliber season, and its marching band has received national acclaim for ...
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Pro-Obama Racism in the Workplace

With the election of the first African-American president of the United States, came a new basis for discrimination. Maybe not so surprising, some employers have responded quite negatively to ...
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Journalist Fired for Disagreeing with Editor's Opinions

As Dan Solomon recognized in a recent article he wrote, not many men think about the threat or fear of being raped. Worrying about such things as whether it's safe to walk home, or whether someone ...
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Anthony Michel Appears on NBC 13

On Sunday the 8 th of December, Anthony Michel of Wrady & Michel, LLC will be appearing on NBC 13 to share his insight as a Birmingham employment law attorney. He will be featured on The ...
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"Self Defense" Insufficient to Sustain Wrongful Termination Claim

In the heat of an argument, when tempers flare and harsh words fly, surely most people feel their words and actions are justified, depending on the situation. However, in the workplace, offensive or ...
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What Should I Do if I Think I Am Being Discriminated Against at Work?

If you think you are being discriminated against at work, you need to act quickly in order to preserve your rights and claims for discrimination under federal anti-discrimination statutes. Deadlines ...
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Unpaid Interns Not Protected Against Sexual Harassment in New York

Are employees less worthy of protection from discrimination and harassment if they are working for free? A controversial new ruling in New York says sexual harassment, no matter how egregious, is not ...
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Female Police Officer in Philadelphia Called "Spankasauras"

What IS a "spankasauras?" Although new derogatory names for women seem to sprout up all the time, this one is original to say the least. But that's what male co-workers were calling Lisa ...
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Lactation Discrimination

It occurs in more ways than one. But it's always unlawful. For instance, your employer can not fire you simply because you are pregnant or need to take time off to have a child. However, the ...
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New Progressive Law in New York Provides Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

There are two main federal laws that protect pregnant employees from discrimination: Title VII, which prohibits sex or gender discrimination, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The city of New York ...
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An Excessive Workload May Become the Basis for a Discrimination or Retaliation Suit

In virtually all employment discrimination claims, the employee is required to establish some wrong that was done to them, which is known in legal terms as an "adverse employment action." ...
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Reduction-in-Force: A Disguise for Employment Discrimination

Layoffs can be an inevitable consequence of a slow economy, but they can also be a deliberate consequence of a discriminatory animus. If you find yourself the victim of a reduction in force, consider ...
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Be Careful Dying Your Hair: You May Just Lose Your Job

Employment discrimination comes in all shapes and colors, as a former Hooter's waitress discovered recently when she was fired because of the color of her hair. Farryn Johnson believes she was ...
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What Does "At-Will" Employment Really Mean?

If you have been out in the workforce, you have no doubt been told you are an "at-will employee," or at least heard the term. But, do you understand what that actually means? More ...
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What is Race Discrimination in the Workplace?

Are you one of only a few minorities at your job? Are all of the supervisors or management of a different race than you? Do you feel you are being singled out because of your race? You may be the ...
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Severe and Pervasive Sexual Harassment May Not Be Enough

Employers are allowed to raise a defense to even the most egregious employment claims. Sexual harassment is no exception. According to federal employment law, an employer can avoid liability for the ...
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The Case of the "Not That Pretty" Attorney

When most people think of sexual harassment, they think of lewd comments of a sexual nature either addressed to female employees or said in their presence. But there are cases where women are being ...
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Can My Boss Retaliate Against Me?

Can my boss retaliate against me? Most people in the workforce understand that there are laws to protect them as employees, especially from certain kinds of discrimination and harassment. But there ...
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