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How Do I File A Charge With The SC Human Affairs Commission?

If you suspect that you have experienced discrimination on the job, you may want to file an antidiscrimination lawsuit. However, in South Carolina, you may file a charge until you have fulfilled certain other requirements. The very first thing a wronged employee must do, by law, is to file a complaint with the South Carolina…

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National Origin Discrimination & COVID-19

As U.S. workplaces reopen amongst the pandemic, we are seeing a particularly distasteful trend of treating workers of East Asian (particularly Chinese) origin negatively due to perceived fears surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Incidents of racism against Chinese-Americans and other East Asian immigrants from nearby areas have notably risen in the months since the pandemic…

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What Are My Rights If My Workplace Reopens?

With South Carolina starting to reopen some nonessential businesses, it can be difficult to determine how to act if you are ordered back to work. Obviously, fears remain, and the impulse for many will be to try and avoid going back to work. However, it is a good idea to be aware of your rights…

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South Carolina Debates Passing CROWN Act

Hair discrimination occurs when people of color, predominantly African-Americans, are perceived as “unclean” or “unprofessional” due to the texture of their hair and are denied employment or housing opportunities. In recent years, this has become a hot-button issue in the U.S., with several cases of alleged hair discrimination in schools and the workplace making the…

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Have You Been Wrongfully Terminated?

South Carolina is an at-will state, which means that most of the time, employers may terminate workers without cause or notice. However, this does not mean that you have no recourse if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated. Being fired in retaliation, against public policy, or in another exception to at-will employment means you…

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Accessibility Questions Shed Light On Bias Against Disabled Workers

Ever since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has been a major shift in time-honored traditions at countless companies—most notably in rules governing working from home. While it’s in everyone’s best interests for employees to be permitted to work from home during a pandemic, it raises some problematic questions going forward for disabled…

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Criminal Background Discrimination In South Carolina

Having a criminal background, no matter how small, is a major issue for many employers. In some situations, an employer may legally refuse to hire someone with a criminal record, but in many others, they may not. If you feel that you have experienced criminal background discrimination in South Carolina, you should be aware that…

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FMLA and COVID-19

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one of the laws designed to give workers certain protections if it becomes necessary for them to take time away from their jobs. However, because FMLA leave does come with certain rules, it can be confusing for the average person to know how to file for leave properly,…

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Layoff Discrimination During Emergency Situations

South Carolina is an at-will state, meaning that generally, people may be laid off from work with no notice, for any reason. There are exceptions to this, all of which have to do with the legality of the reason for the firing. During the recent spread of the COVID-19 viral pandemic, the South Carolina Human…

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Greenville County Sunsets Anti-Gay Ordinance

On March 11, 2020, the Greenville County Council sunsetted a 1996 anti-gay ordinance, drawing cheers from supporters in the council meeting. While the council did not pass any kind of affirmative resolution supporting the LGBTQ+ community, the decision is still seen as a victory by adherents, especially at a time where being LGBTQ+ in the…

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