Blog Posts in October, 2016

How Do So-Called "Bathroom Bills" Affect Transgender Discrimination Claims?

If you have paid any attention to the news lately, you are familiar with the recent concerns regarding the use of public restrooms by the transgender community. In fact, there have been various laws ...
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How the Ministerial Exception Affects Religious Discrimination Claims

It is well known that Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on religious affiliation or beliefs. Yet, as with most things, there are certain exceptions or exemptions to Title VII’s ...
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Can My Employer Terminate me for Filing Bankruptcy?

Typically, when we think of unlawful retaliation in the workplace, issues like sexual harassment, whistleblowing and race or gender discrimination come to mind. There are actually many different types ...
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Did Police Officer Suspended for Controversial Facebook Posts Suffer Retaliation?

Most employers these days have established certain workplace policies regarding employee conduct online, especially in light of the enormous popularity of social media. The main concern in most cases ...
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Discrimination against Employee "Regarded as" Disabled Because of Obesity

There are several federal laws that protect individuals from discrimination based on recognized protected categories, including qualified disabilities. In particular, individuals with disabilities are ...
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Do I Have to Specifically Say "I Need a Workplace Accommodation?"

Along with prohibiting discrimination, the ADA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants or employees known to have a disability. A reasonable accommodation is ...
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Does the FMLA Require Medical Recertification?

When an employee requests leave from work under the FMLA, or Family and Medical Leave Act, employers will uniformly request a medical certification before leave will be approved. The issue arises ...
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Proving Compensatory Damages in a Worker's Compensation Retaliation Case

A worker's compensation retaliation case in Alabama provides guidance regarding the type of evidence needed to support compensatory damages awards in these particular types of cases. There are ...
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The Effects of Forced Arbitration While an EEOC Charge is Pending

As most employees know, when you start a new job it is quite common to be asked to sign a stack of documents, which often include an arbitration agreement of some sort. While many employees do not ...
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Are Employers Required to Provide Accommodations for Medical Marijuana?

In addition to prohibiting discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants or employees known to have a disability. A ...
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Want the Promotion? Be "More Indian"

Most employees would appreciate some advice when passed over for a promotion. How can I improve? What were the decision makers looking for? But when an employee was told to “be more ...
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Types of Damages You Can Expect in a Wrongful Termination Case

If the purpose of an employment discrimination case is to make the victim whole, or put them back in the same position they were in, or should have been in, had discrimination not occurred, then what ...
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