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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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Guidance Arrives On SC Pregnancy Accommodations Act

The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act (PAA) was signed into law by Governor McMaster on May 17, 2018. However, until recently, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC), whose job it is to oversee pregnancy-related employment discrimination claims, had not published guidance governing frequently asked questions and concerns on how the law is to be…

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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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Filing An EEOC Claim vs An SCHAC Claim

No one ever wants to have to file a claim against an employer, but it does happen. If it does, it can feel extremely overwhelming. A brief overview of the process can help to get one’s thoughts in order and make it clearer how best to attack the problem. You deserve the best chance possible…

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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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Can I Sue An Employer For Discrimination?

The path to a resolution of an employment discrimination complaint is a long one, but eventually many do get decided in favor of the complainant. If your complaint or suit is decided in your favor, you need to be aware of what your requested remedy or remedies might be—in other words, what you want out…

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