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Archive for April 2019

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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