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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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“Covert” Forms Of Racial Discrimination

In the United States, too many people define racism or racial discrimination only in the context of someone doing something outrageous. However, people of color are discriminated against more often by people in positions of power who practice what are called “covert” forms of racism. Just because a racist act is not visible and splashy…

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Hostile Work Environment Claims Recognized Under ADA In More Circuits

Historically, there has been some debate as to whether the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) encompasses hostile work environment claims. Some circuits have recognized them explicitly, and others have recognized them implicitly through Title VII (of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). The Fourth Circuit (which includes South Carolina) was one of the first to…

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Private Sector Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications

Age discrimination is a type that is perhaps less talked about than, say, discriminating on the basis of race or gender. However, it can be just as insidious, and just as damaging. It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of age, except in situations where age can be shown to be a bona fide…

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Frequently Asked Questions About FMLA Leave

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that grants up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to workers that otherwise meet the criteria. However, the law does not cover everyone, and there is always confusion about what benefits a qualifying worker is actually entitled to. If you think you may need to…

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Charleston Biotech Company Under Fire For Alleged Discrimination

Seven workers at the Charles River Laboratories plant in Charleston have filed suit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging a systemic pattern of bias and ill-treatment from supervisors. Their complaints paint a difficult picture of racial name-calling, denial of promotions and pay raises, and a borderline-hostile work environment. As of this writing, the…

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How To Spot A Hostile Work Environment

Claims alleging hostile work environments have been rising for the last several years. While more and more claims are being adjudicated, there is still not a particularly specific definition of the term. If you are in a position where you believe you may have a claim to make, it can feel paralyzing to not be…

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Workplace Lawsuits After Epic Systems

The case of Epic Systems Corp v Lewis (2018) was decided at the Supreme Court level, with the holding effectively barring workers with similar grievances from classing together during arbitration. This has made the environment much more difficult for workers who do experience unfair treatment on the job, and it is a good idea to…

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Accommodating “Sincerely Held” Beliefs

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on religion. More precisely, though, it requires that “sincerely held” religious beliefs be accommodated, as long as it is not an undue burden on the employer to do so. This can create a lot of questions, especially for an employee who believes they…

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