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Is My Work Environment Hostile?

There is a fair amount of good-natured teasing or jokes in many workplaces. However, when teasing, jokes, or other behavior crosses a line, it can be serious enough to create what employment law calls a hostile work environment. Hostile work environment claims are made when the teasing targets a certain protected class characteristic, which can…

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Defining “Serious Health Conditions” For FMLA Purposes

Employers in South Carolina are required by law to follow the guidelines of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when dealing with their employees. However, sometimes miscommunications happen not out of employer ignorance, but because of misunderstanding the terms of the Act. Someone applying for leave under FMLA must have a “serious health condition”…

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Arguments Being Heard In Race Discrimination Case

Arguments are being heard in a race discrimination case that started on November 13. In the case of Comcast Corp v. National Association of African-American Owned Media, a black-owned television network operator called Entertainment Studios Network (ESN) seeking a business relationship with Comcast, but was allegedly turned away due to race. The case has potential…

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Adult Store Sued Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

Recently, a North Carolina adult store was sued over alleged gender discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in District Court on behalf of Christopher Kilby, against the parent holding company that runs Adam & Eve, a popular chain of adult stores. This may have interesting ramifications for employment law. Gender Discrimination at…

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Spotting Religious Discrimination In The Workplace

Some individual characteristics are very visible to the average person, such as skin color or gender. However, other traits are not as evident, such as religion. This often makes spotting religious discrimination in the workplace much more difficult. If you believe that your religion is being used to discriminate against you, it is a good…

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Distinguishing Harassment From Teasing In The Workplace

In many workplaces, good-natured teasing and joking may go on between employees, or even between employees and supervisors. However, it is very easy for jokes and poking fun to go beyond the pale of what is acceptable. Teasing is not something that is actionable, but harassment is.That being said, you may need assistance distinguishing harassment…

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Have I Been Discriminated Against Due To Disability?

The average person thinks that discrimination against the disabled has been outlawed since time immemorial. However, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was only passed in 1990, and nearly 30 years later, it is often not enforced. In some cases, it’s even openly ignored. Disabled people simply deserve better—especially in terms of employment, where many…

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Elizabeth Warren Sheds Light On Pregnancy Discrimination

As the 2020 presidential campaign ramps up, stories from the candidates’ pasts are being discussed in the media and evaluated for their truth. In particular, Elizabeth Warren’s story of being fired from her job as a schoolteacher in 1971 after she began to visibly show her pregnancy has raised awareness of the issue that is…

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Supreme Court Hears Three Major Cases On LGBTQ+ Rights

On October 8th, the Supreme Court heard three cases that may have landmark implications for the LGBTQ+ community. Tensions were extremely high as the court heard three consolidated cases regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While the court’s ruling is not expected until sometime in 2020, it is very relevant for both…

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Blowing The Whistle & Employer Retaliation Claims

Whistleblowers can play a major role in ending corruption in both the public and private sectors. However, whistleblowers can sometimes face unjust retaliation from their employers, and have no idea that they have potential recourse to deal with this unfair treatment. If you have participated in a whistleblower suit or another oversight of your employer,…

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