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Criminal Background Discrimination In South Carolina

Having a criminal background, no matter how small, is a major issue for many employers. In some situations, an employer may legally refuse to hire someone with a criminal record, but in many others, they may not. If you feel that you have experienced criminal background discrimination in South Carolina, you should be aware that…

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FMLA and COVID-19

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one of the laws designed to give workers certain protections if it becomes necessary for them to take time away from their jobs. However, because FMLA leave does come with certain rules, it can be confusing for the average person to know how to file for leave properly,…

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Layoff Discrimination During Emergency Situations

South Carolina is an at-will state, meaning that generally, people may be laid off from work with no notice, for any reason. There are exceptions to this, all of which have to do with the legality of the reason for the firing. During the recent spread of the COVID-19 viral pandemic, the South Carolina Human…

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Greenville County Sunsets Anti-Gay Ordinance

On March 11, 2020, the Greenville County Council sunsetted a 1996 anti-gay ordinance, drawing cheers from supporters in the council meeting. While the council did not pass any kind of affirmative resolution supporting the LGBTQ+ community, the decision is still seen as a victory by adherents, especially at a time where being LGBTQ+ in the…

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Can I Be Fired For My Political Opinion?

With the 2020 presidential campaign under way, it is reasonable to state that tensions are running high. It can feel as if everyone has a different opinion about the best choices for the country. However, it is important to keep in mind that you cannot be fired or otherwise disciplined at work for your political…

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Undocumented In The Workplace: A Balancing Act

Like anyone in the United States, immigrants have certain rights, even if they are undocumented. This extends to the right to work—but it can become very confusing to try and navigate the laws around staying employed, being paid, and collecting benefits. You do not have to put up with harassment or unlawful treatment in the…

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Whistleblower Law 101

Generally, people have an unspoken duty to call out unethical or illegal behavior. However, if an employee finds out that their employer is acting in an illegal or unethical manner, it can be a difficult decision as to whether they should blow the whistle—the employee’s livelihood may, after all, be at stake. If you’re in…

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Discriminated Against Due To Pregnancy In South Carolina?

In May 2018, Governor McMaster signed the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act, which created sweeping protections for pregnant workers. It requires employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for any medical need relating to pregnancy or a related condition. On the whole, pregnant workers are better protected and less likely to be discriminated against than they were…

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At-Will Employment & Wrongful Termination

South Carolina is one of the many “at-will” employment states in the U.S., which means that a worker can be fired from their position for no particular reason. However, it does not necessarily mean that a worker has no right to seek redress for wrongful termination or other negative employment action that they did not…

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