Blog Posts in March, 2016

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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