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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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What Is Genetic Information Discrimination?

Many people are familiar with the idea of discrimination based on concepts like race, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. However, the idea of genetic information discrimination is much less commonly understood. Nonetheless, it does occur, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles hundreds of claims per year. If you suspect you have been victimized…

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HR Departments & Workplace Discrimination Claims

Any company of a certain size is almost certain to have a Human Resources (HR) department. While it may be intimidating at first, especially if one has not worked in an environment large enough to require one, an HR department can wind up being a valuable ally to you, especially if you are unfortunate enough…

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Laws Against Religious Discrimination

Religion is one of the personal characteristics which may not be used to discriminate, as per Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, it is somewhat unique in that unlike race, national origin and gender, one’s religious belief is very often not visible or apparent unless discussed. Despite laws against religious discrimination,…

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