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Labor Law Violations Can Be Discriminatory

The fields of employment discrimination law and labor law generally require different knowledge, but there will sometimes be instances where the two practice areas might coincide. Employers may engage in discriminatory conduct, or they may commit labor law violations, but sometimes, one will actually create the other. If you believe that you are in this…

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Returning To “Normalcy” After COVID May Pose Problems At Work

South Carolina governor Henry McMaster has taken it upon himself to try and “force people back to work” by ordering state workforce agencies to stop participating in COVID-19-related unemployment benefit programs. In addition, the governor has come out strongly against local mask mandates recently (as he has in the past), arguing that governments should not…

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Can An Employer Discriminate Against Me Based On My Criminal Record?

Both South Carolina state law and U.S. federal law contain several anti-discrimination laws, with specific characteristics that may not be used as reasons to discriminate. However, as of this writing, having a criminal record is not a protected characteristic. That means, for the most part, potential landlords and employers can discriminate against a person based…

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What Is A Qui Tam Lawsuit?

A qui tam lawsuit is the legal term for what the average person would call a whistleblower suit. Whistleblowers essentially file a lawsuit on behalf of the government against a company that has allegedly wasted taxpayer dollars. If a person has knowledge of business practices that have defrauded the government, they can “blow the whistle”…

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Spotting Age Discrimination Can Be Difficult

Companies in the United States have been working to “get younger” to remain relevant in an age where markets and technologies evolve very quickly. However, too often, this means that older workers are subjected to unequal or unfair treatment in favor of younger employees. If you’re a worker who has been discriminated against due to…

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Hostile Work Environment Claims Are Subtle

Too often, any workplace that is unpleasant for an employee gets referred to as a hostile work environment. In reality, there are specific criteria that a workplace must meet to legally qualify as a hostile work environment. Jokes and teasing may be unwelcome, but unless they rise to a certain threshold, they don’t give an…

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How To Treat Pregnant Workers In A Non-Discriminatory Manner

Not every pregnancy is the same, with a host of genetic and environmental factors playing a role in the outcome. If a person has a difficult pregnancy, they can, in theory, avail themselves of the protections provided by state and federal anti-discrimination law so they retain their job and seniority. However, some employers can take…

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Employment Discrimination After Paid Family Leave

While South Carolina doesn’t have its own dedicated law on the subject, employees in state are eligible to take paid family leave under the federal law, referred to as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If they comply with all the requirements of the statute, an employee is entitled to take up to 12 weeks…

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Non-Compete Agreements In South Carolina

In certain industries, the departure of an employee from a company can be a serious event, especially if they’re aware of internal information or other trade secrets. As a result, companies in these industries will very often try to get employees to sign non-compete agreements or covenants not to compete. However, so many of them…

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