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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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Supreme Court Docket May Impact LGBTQ Employment Rights

The cases pending before the Supreme Court in its upcoming term are varied, as always, and have the potential to affect many different groups. Pundits have noticed, however, that there are several cases pending as of this writing that may affect LGBTQ people more than most, especially in the realm of employment. These are cases…

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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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The First Amendment On The Job: Employment & Free Speech

Most people in the U.S. learn about the Constitution’s First Amendment in school, and then rarely ever have cause to remember it again. However, its tenets are important later in life, when it comes to the types of speech that are protected and the places in which that speech is protected. The workplace is always…

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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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What Is A Wage & Hour Claim?

Everyone who works in the U.S. has certain rights, including a guaranteed minimum wage, a 40-hour work week (and overtime if one works more, unless exempted), and the right to be free from exploitation. However, sometimes these rights do get tested by employers looking to squeeze out a profit, with pay-related claims being among the…

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Is Mandatory Retirement Legal?

The general trend in today’s job market is toward youth and vitality, rather than age and wisdom. Sometimes, this can put older workers in a difficult position. Some professions have opted to address this issue by requiring workers of a certain age to retire, regardless of health or seniority. In fact, this practice is illegal…

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