Blog Posts in June, 2014

Why Do Employers Retaliate Against Workers Who File Workers' Compensation Claims?

The purpose of the workers' compensation benefits program is to allow workers to be compensated for injuries they sustain at work, without having to prove fault. The benefit of this program for ...
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Can I Be Required to Arbitrate a Worker's Compensation Retaliation Claim?

If you signed an arbitration agreement that broadly covers "employment-related issues," then most likely you can be forced into arbitration. Many employees have attempted to fight being ...
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What You Should Know About Mediating Employment Cases

It seems that mediation has begun to emerge as the preferred form of alternative dispute resolution in employment discrimination cases. There are certainly advantages for both parties, including more ...
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Is it Difficult to Challenge a Poor Performance Evaluation from my Employer?

In nearly every employment discrimination case, the defendant employer alleges that the employee filing the lawsuit engaged in some type of conduct that led to the discipline or termination of which ...
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Can Someone Be Terminated for Being an Alcoholic?

Consider an employer suddenly faced with the admission of an employee that he is an alcoholic. It would be reasonable for the employer to become concerned about that employee's ability to perform ...
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Are Complaints Made on Facebook Enough to Give an Employer Notice of Harassment?

That is the issue being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few days. This decision will no doubt have an impact on employment discrimination and retaliation laws in our country. The issue ...
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Parental Leave Work Policies: A new Source of Workplace Discrimination

Employers are not required by any law to provide paid leave to a parent after a child's birth. The Family and Medical Leave Act only requires that leave be provided after the birth of a child. It ...
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Company-Wide Gender Discrimination Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

You may not be surprised to hear about a business paying men more than women to do the same job, or giving all of the promotions and management jobs to the male employees, regardless of qualifications ...
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Can I ask my employer to accommodate me by allowing me to telecommute?

As our world's technology continues to advance to new heights, the ability to work from just about anywhere is becoming more and more possible. With laptops, tablets, Smartphones and clouds, there ...
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What to Expect at an EEOC Mediation

You believe you have been discriminated against at work. So, you go to your local EEOC office and file a Charge of Discrimination. This gets the legal ball rolling. Then, not long after your charge is ...
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How Far Will an Employer Go to Defend Claims of Discrimination?

In employment discrimination cases, the employee has the initial burden of proving his or her claims. If that is accomplished, the employer is then required to defend their actions and show that those ...
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Paramedics Denied Employment with County Because of Diabetes.

Most of us recognize that EMS professionals are a "major link in the public safety response chain." Although in some cases, the police officers and firefighters receive the praise, and some ...
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What is "Paramour Preference" Sexual Harassment?

So your boss is having an affair with a co-worker. Not your problem, right? Well, not necessarily. Let's say you are a very high performer and obviously in line for a promotion. But, who ends up ...
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