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Archive for July 2016

Employment Discrimination: Options Beyond the EEOC

In many employment discrimination cases, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the ultimate destination, since the EEOC has the ability to both mediate disputes and definitively rule for or against a party. However, what many do not realize is that the EEOC declines to become involved in a majority of the potential cases submitted…

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Employment Contracts & Wrongful Termination in Charleston, SC

As any worker will tell you, most states subscribe to the theory of at-will employment, and South Carolina is no exception. However, there is one important loophole in the at-will employment doctrine, and that is when a concrete employment contract has been signed. While normally an employer may fire an employee for any non-discriminatory reason,…

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Equal Pay Laws in South Carolina

South Carolina is a state that has primarily adopted federal jurisprudence in the realm of employment law and discrimination. However, one omission in this regard is in dealing with the issue of equal pay. As of this writing, South Carolina is one of only four states that does not have an updated equal pay law…

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Colorism vs. Racism: Discrimination in the Workplace

Many individuals and organizations today are making an effort to be less discriminatory. In many situations, however, new biases supplant the old without most people even being aware of it—or the old biases may simply take on new characteristics. Such is the case with accusations of colorism, which have been on the rise, with significant involvement…

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U.S. Overtime Law Modification May Impact Millions

  In May 2016, the Obama administration helped to modify Department of Labor (DoL) regulations in order to extend overtime pay to significantly more U.S. workers. Under the new rule, the salary at which an employee becomes ineligible for overtime is nearly double what it had been previously, expanding the number of employees who may…

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