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Frequently Asked Questions About FMLA Leave

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that grants up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to workers that otherwise meet the criteria. However, the law does not cover everyone, and there is always confusion about what benefits a qualifying worker is actually entitled to. If you think you may need to…

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Charleston Biotech Company Under Fire For Alleged Discrimination

Seven workers at the Charles River Laboratories plant in Charleston have filed suit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging a systemic pattern of bias and ill-treatment from supervisors. Their complaints paint a difficult picture of racial name-calling, denial of promotions and pay raises, and a borderline-hostile work environment. As of this writing, the…

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How To Spot A Hostile Work Environment

Claims alleging hostile work environments have been rising for the last several years. While more and more claims are being adjudicated, there is still not a particularly specific definition of the term. If you are in a position where you believe you may have a claim to make, it can feel paralyzing to not be…

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Workplace Lawsuits After Epic Systems

The case of Epic Systems Corp v Lewis (2018) was decided at the Supreme Court level, with the holding effectively barring workers with similar grievances from classing together during arbitration. This has made the environment much more difficult for workers who do experience unfair treatment on the job, and it is a good idea to…

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Accommodating “Sincerely Held” Beliefs

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on religion. More precisely, though, it requires that “sincerely held” religious beliefs be accommodated, as long as it is not an undue burden on the employer to do so. This can create a lot of questions, especially for an employee who believes they…

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4th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Sex Discrimination Suit

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over South Carolina, handed down a ruling in February 2019 which may be a boon to women dealing with sexual harassment at work. The case, Parker v Reema Consulting Services (2019), reverses a lower court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s sex discrimination claim based on rumors being…

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Myths About Racial Discrimination in Employment

In this day and age, the issue of racial discrimination is front and center in many discussions for people across the political spectrum. However, there are many different misconceptions that still circulate about the issue of race discrimination specifically in the context of employment. If you believe that you have been discriminated against due to…

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National Origin Discrimination In 2019

It is a truism to state that the tense and volatile political climate in recent years has at least partially been driven by decisions related to immigration. Much ink has been spilled over the treatment of those who are not U.S. citizens, and what rights they have compared to those born in the United States.…

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What Is Family Responsibilities Discrimination?

Data from the Pew Research Center shows that of 41 countries considered “first world” nations, only the United States does not grant a single day of paid parental leave after the birth of a child. This is only the beginning of what many see as unfair and out-of-touch policies and beliefs regarding parents and their…

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