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Mental Health Accommodations Under The ADA

Mental health diagnoses can be difficult for those who have to deal with them. Some progress is being made in the U.S. as to destigmatizing conditions like depression/anxiety, panic disorder and ADHD. However, it can still be difficult to come out with these diagnoses at work, especially since misinformation persists about them and about the…

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Politics & Potential Pitfalls in the Workplace

The political climate in this day and age is more charged than it has been in decades. This can create problems in the workplace—notably because not everyone’s political opinions will match. While differing opinions are a fact of life, too much disagreement can actually create a hostile work environment. South Carolina law has a few…

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What Is A Wage & Hour Claim?

Everyone who works in the U.S. has certain rights, including a guaranteed minimum wage, a 40-hour work week (and overtime if one works more, unless exempted), and the right to be free from exploitation. However, sometimes these rights do get tested by employers looking to squeeze out a profit, with pay-related claims being among the…

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Is Mandatory Retirement Legal?

The general trend in today’s job market is toward youth and vitality, rather than age and wisdom. Sometimes, this can put older workers in a difficult position. Some professions have opted to address this issue by requiring workers of a certain age to retire, regardless of health or seniority. In fact, this practice is illegal…

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Guidance Arrives On SC Pregnancy Accommodations Act

The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act (PAA) was signed into law by Governor McMaster on May 17, 2018. However, until recently, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC), whose job it is to oversee pregnancy-related employment discrimination claims, had not published guidance governing frequently asked questions and concerns on how the law is to be…

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Myrtle Beach Housekeeping Service Settles Over H2B Discrimination

In late September, a settlement was reached between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Palmetto Beach Hospitality (PBH), LLC, a Myrtle Beach cleaning service, over their use of temporary foreign workers. This is noteworthy because employers in the United States are required to consider applications from U.S. citizens and residents before they apply for permission…

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Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Claims At Work

As the country watches the scandal surrounding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh build over alleged sexual improprieties with multiple women, it can be tempting to think that this type of behavior is restricted to isolated incidents. Unfortunately, sexual harassment has been pernicious, particularly in the workplace since time immemorial. The most pernicious form of…

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Filing An EEOC Claim vs An SCHAC Claim

No one ever wants to have to file a claim against an employer, but it does happen. If it does, it can feel extremely overwhelming. A brief overview of the process can help to get one’s thoughts in order and make it clearer how best to attack the problem. You deserve the best chance possible…

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What Behavior Constitutes A Hostile Work Environment?

The phrase “hostile” or “offensive” work environment is thrown around often in a colloquial sense. But this can mean that when the phenomenon actually occurs, it is easier to miss it. So what behavior constitutes a hostile work environment? If you think that your job may have descended into this level, read on to learn…

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