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Myths About Immigrant Workers Rights

Too often, employers will buy into myths propagated about immigrant workers rights in order to have an excuse to either refuse to hire immigrants or to subtly mistreat immigrant workers they do hire. However, many fall into line with such behavior simply because they are uneducated on the actual requirements of the law. If employers…

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Sex vs Gender Identity in Discrimination Claims

Sex or gender discrimination is sadly common among certain employers, choosing male applicants over qualified females, and in rare cases, the reverse. However, as jurisprudence and society both evolve, an interesting question appears sometimes in sex discrimination cases, especially in the workplace. Where does this leave transgender people, if it addresses their rights at all?

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Working With A Hostile Work Environment Lawyer

Every workplace has its share of teasing and jokes, but there comes a time when the line is crossed. It can be difficult to determine when jokes are acceptable and when a hostile work environment has been created. If you have questions or concerns, it is generally a good idea to seek experienced legal assistance.…

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Whistleblower Retaliation Cases & Your Rights

Whistleblowing is when an employee informs state or federal authorities about certain conduct that is illicit or unlawful. Given the obvious disinclination of most employers to be caught engaged in inappropriate conduct, becoming a whistleblower (also called a relator) has its risks. However, there are laws to protect relators from any form of retaliation, so…

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Can I Take FMLA Leave?

Sometimes, unexpected events simply happen, and one might need time away from work in order to deal with the fallout. In these cases, most people choose to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), assuming they are able. However, for some it is not possible to do this. If you have experienced a…

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Can Young Workers Be The Victims Of Age Discrimination?

There is a persistent myth that middle-aged and elderly workers simply do not work as hard. Because of this, discrimination in the workplace against older employees is sadly not uncommon. However, there is a flip side to that equation: young people are also treated unfairly or inequitably, often based on similar stereotypes. The federal Age…

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What Is Caregiver Discrimination?

Caregiver discrimination, also called family responsibilities discrimination, is one of the most recent documented phenomena observed in employment law. It is defined as favoring one employee (or applicant) over another due to real or perceived family obligations. Employers will sometimes do this based on the potential degree of inconvenience the employee would be to the…

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What Is Language Discrimination?

While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects applicants and employees from being discriminated against due to their national origin, there are occasions where employers will sometimes try to engage in behavior that may exclude people based on a certain aspect of national origin—most commonly, the language they speak or the accent…

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