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Fired Deputy Seeks Redress Over Retaliation Discrimination

Many people associate employment discrimination solely with ill treatment based on certain personal characteristics like age or race. While this is often the case, it is also employment discrimination to fire or otherwise subject an employee to negative actions because of that employee’s complaints to human resources or other authorities. This is the issue in…

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Is Mandatory Retirement Discriminatory?

Age is a protected characteristic for the purpose of U.S. discrimination laws. In other words, it is unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their age. However, depending on the field, many companies will sometimes attempt to force older workers out in a process categorized as ‘mandatory retirement.’ While this is acceptable in…

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Whistleblowing & Retaliation In The Workplace

If you discover that your employer has been acting in a corrupt or inappropriate manner, you may feel compelled to act. The act of informing the government of your employer’s alleged improper conduct is called whistleblowing, and it is a valuable service. But it can also lead to unfairly negative employment action against you if…

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Discrimination Based On National Origin

In this day and age, immigrants and those perceived to be of different national origin have experienced an uptick in violence and discrimination. This trend has unfortunately affected the workplace as well, though the statistics do not necessarily reflect it. If you believe that you have been discriminated against based on your national origin—or perceived…

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Medical Marijuana & Disability Discrimination

The use of marijuana for medical purposes is still a relatively new phenomenon. As of this writing, it is only permissible in 33 states, for a handful of purposes. However, as more and more states continue to entertain its use, questions are being raised about the role medical marijuana may have in treating certain disabling…

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Misconceptions About Employee Contracts

In South Carolina, most people are employed under what is called the at-will standard. However, if you are one of those who has signed an employment contract granting you certain things, you cannot simply be fired at-will—or your employer may be open to being sued for breach of contract. Employment contracts confer rights, and any…

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Women Of Color’s Hair & Workplace Discrimination

In general, any form of race discrimination in the workplace is quickly addressed by many employers. But there are always a few who fail to see the proverbial writing on the wall. However, women of color have faced one form of discrimination that is often ignored or even outright disbelieved. There is a continued stereotyping…

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Am I Experiencing Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination is one of the most misunderstood types of employment discrimination. While pregnancy is recognized as a temporary disability, and thus is entitled to certain protections under the law, this does not mean that employers cannot take appropriate action if the situation warrants it. If you believe that you are experiencing pregnancy discrimination, it…

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