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Can I Be Fired For Blowing The Whistle?

Employers do not always act ethically. When that happens, the responsibility is on any employee with knowledge of the behavior to call it out, lest they wind up complicit. If you’re in a position where you have information about any inappropriate dealings of your employer, you may be able to inform the government and be…

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What Is Disparate Impact Discrimination?

Most people—and most employers—condemn discrimination when it is overt and intentional. However, there are many different types of discriminatory treatment that can occur with or without any intent to do so. One of the most common types is referred to as disparate impact discrimination, where a facially neutral policy can lead to an unintentionally adverse…

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Is Discrimination Based On Criminal Records Legal?

In 2015, the Brennan Center reported that approximately one-third of the working adult population of the U.S. had some kind of criminal record. Those numbers have risen even since then—but too many employers still engage in practices designed to exclude any potential hire with a criminal record. If you have found yourself in this position,…

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What Is A Non-Compete Agreement?

When a person leaves their prior job, they may leave with knowledge or abilities that are unique or otherwise difficult to find in the marketplace. Depending on the industry, an employer may want the employee to sign a non-compete agreement, so that the employee cannot steal trade secrets or clients. Historically, non-competes have been “disfavored”…

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Sexual Harassment In South Carolina Workplaces

Sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality in far too many U.S. workplaces. However, its frequency does not mean that workers who are harassed should simply accept such treatment. It can sometimes be difficult to establish that sexual harassment has taken place, but if it is possible, you may be able to seek redress from your…

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Nurse Fired From Asheville Hospital For Refusing Flu Shot

An Asheville nurse has filed suit against her former employer, CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital, after she was allegedly fired for refusing to get a flu shot. She was fired in 2016, after a refusal to get a flu vaccine, and filed suit in state court, though the suit was removed to federal court in late 2020.…

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York County Discrimination Suit Settled Out Of Court

On September 9, a sex and age discrimination lawsuit against the York County, SC Sheriff’s Department (YCSO) was dismissed after lawyers for the plaintiff, Crystal Kissel, advised that a settlement had been reached (though as of this writing, the agreement has not been finalized). Kissel had filed suit in 2018 after allegedly being forced out…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Leading To Employment Discrimination

Both employers and employees have had to make adaptations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there has been a disturbing trend across the country where employers take negative action against employees based on specific characteristics, rather than the needs of their businesses. If you suspect that you have experienced employment discrimination during the…

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What Is Hair Discrimination?

In January 2020, Rep. Kambrell Garvin introduced the CROWN Act in the South Carolina legislature, which aims to outlaw discrimination based on hair texture and what are often called “race-based” hairstyles. A lobbyist group called the CROWN Coalition has gotten similar acts passed in other states, and South Carolina stands poised to help ban this…

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