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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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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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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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FMLA Facts vs Myths – Understand Your Rights

Taking leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a right that employees have if they meet certain criteria. However, there are numerous misconceptions that persist about what FMLA actually is and what it is not. It is critical to understand the truth about FMLA leave, so you do not assume that you are…

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Employment Discrimination And … Hair Styles?

In today’s atmosphere, it can seem as though every tiny detail can be grounds for a discrimination claims. Employers are often accused of mistreating people on grounds that are, by and large, more than a bit farfetched. However, some seemingly inane or mutable characteristics can be a very real barrier to employment, especially when race…

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South Carolina Expungement Law Expands Its Scope

In mid-July 2018, a modification to South Carolina expungement law went into effect. This modification may make job seeking easier for some. The change will allow someone to expunge an offense (or several connected offenses) if it carries a sentence of 30 days’ jail time or less. They must also be able to demonstrate good…

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What Is At-Will Employment?

Every state in the U.S. observes the “at will” employment doctrine, meaning that a worker may be terminated by their employer for any reason, at any time, with rare exceptions. However, it is important to understand that there are exceptions, so that you are aware that you may fit into them. If you have been…

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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 The EEOC?

When you are discriminated against at work, your first stop to address the issue is usually your employer’s human resources department. However, if your concerns still go unaddressed, many people at least consider filing a charge of discrimination at that point. In South Carolina, there are two places one may file such a charge. You…

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