Blog Posts in November, 2016

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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