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Understanding Wage Rights

One of the most fundamental aspects of employment is receiving a paycheck reflecting an agreed upon amount of labor and wage. However, if an employment relationship deteriorates, one common tactic often used to try and cow an employee into submission is a refusal to pay wages. This is against the law and, unless your employer…

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Employee Background Check Rights

Nearly every job interview will eventually require a background check, and not all checks are created equal. However, depending on the type of question asked, this normally routine procedure can be discriminatory. It is important to remember that employee background check rights are legally protected. If you believe that you have been asked inappropriate questions…

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Hostile Work Environments & Politics

In today’s contentious political climate, many employers have begun to impose blanket bans on political talk, even when employees are on break or at lunch. Emotions run high and opinions are strong. But do these uncomfortable situations really constitute hostile work environments for employees? The answer is likely more complex than one might think.

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South Carolina Employee Rights

Because the United States is comprised of fifty different jurisdictions, it can sometimes be confusing to try and understand your rights as an employee. South Carolina does guarantee certain rights to employees and contractors, and they do differ somewhat from neighboring states. One has to be aware of those rights to be certain that you…

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Discrimination Due To Unprotected Characteristics

If you experience discrimination based on a characteristic such as race, gender or national origin, you are generally able to either bring a lawsuit or at least have your complaint investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). However, there are certain characteristics, especially in female-presenting people, which are often used as excuses to discriminate,…

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Undocumented Workers Rights

As one might imagine, undocumented immigrants are not, in theory, supposed to work while in the United States. However, many employers hire them anyway, for a variety of reasons. And many are then surprised when federal and state laws protect their rights on the job. While the state of South Carolina has not as of…

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The Reach of the Equal Pay Act (EPA)

Rightly or wrongly, it is a common perception in the United States that the wage gap is a myth—that in fields where the genders are hired at a roughly equal clip, wages are also roughly equal. In reality, disparity remains. Regardless, even if the genders were always paid equally, there are those who would use…

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Employee Benefits Discrimination Laws

Most of the time, when employment discrimination is discussed, it is on the basis of being unlawfully terminated or not hired due to a suspect characteristic. However, state and federal anti-discrimination laws also cover benefits on the job. Promotions, reassignments, and bonuses, among other workplace events, can be granted or denied based on certain characteristics…

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When Is Age A Bona Fide Occupational Qualification?

When discussing discrimination in the workplace, many people forget that age is a protected classification right along with race, religion, gender and nationality. The South Carolina Human Affairs Law and the federal Title VII both bar any kind of unequal treatment based on age. However, there are exceptions, and one of these is in dealing…

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The Role of the EEOC In Discrimination Cases

It is generally common knowledge that when one runs up against issues of employment discrimination, one should consult the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to see if they may be able to make a difference in your case or even handle it completely. Most people do investigate this possibility, but very often they remain confused…

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