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What Is Religious Discrimination?

Religion (or the right to have none) is a very personal and serious matter to many in the United States. While the U.S. Constitution protects the free exercise of religion, there are always exceptions to this grant, and perhaps the most visible is in the workplace. Depending on the specific situation, employers are permitted to…

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Employment Discrimination In The Public Sector

While traditionally, government employers are held to higher ethical standards for how they treat their employees, this does not mean that discrimination does not occur in the public sector. If you are a state or federal employee, and you are mistreated, you do have recourse. Here’s what you need to know about employment discrimination the…

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“Ban The Box” & Employment Discrimination Against Ex-Convicts

The World Prison Brief lists the United States as having the highest prison population per 100,000 people in the world, being far and away the leader among industrialized nations. However, it is no secret that U.S. prisons generally focus on punishment rather than rehabilitation. As such, convicts are generally not treated well even after they…

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Whistleblowing & Employment Discrimination

Employers are not infallible. At times, they can act against their employees’ best interests when it serves their bottom line. If this violates the law, employees have an obligation to inform on their employer. But many do not out of fear of reprisals. If you are discriminated against or experience what is called an adverse…

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The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Technology is ever-evolving. As it changes, the law must change with it. This is the major reason why the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was passed in 2008. Before GINA’s passage, employers and others in authority in a person’s life were prohibited from discriminating on bases like race, gender, and nationality. But if they wound…

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Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Struck Down

2018 has seen many local ordinances passed that would require employers to grant paid sick leave to all their workers within that jurisdiction. Austin, TX is one of the more recent cities to do this, but on November 16, 2018, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that would block it from being…

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Mental Health Accommodations Under The ADA

Mental health diagnoses can be difficult for those who have to deal with them. Some progress is being made in the U.S. as to destigmatizing conditions like depression/anxiety, panic disorder and ADHD. However, it can still be difficult to come out with these diagnoses at work, especially since misinformation persists about them and about the…

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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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