Archive for December 2019
What Rights Do Immigrant Employees Have At Work?
Documented and undocumented workers make up a significant minority of the U.S. workforce. However, employers and even other employees may become confused about their status on the job. It is not generally common knowledge that non-citizen workers have certain rights in the workplace, even if they are undocumented. Because of this, too many workers wind…Read More
Criminal Background Discrimination & “Ban-The-Box” Legislation
Given the numbers of people who have seen the inside of a U.S. prison, it is remarkable that so many employers openly discriminate against those with criminal records. There is a growing movement to change this pattern, but as of this writing, it has not reached the entirety of the country yet. If you suspect…Read More
Is My Work Environment Hostile?
There is a fair amount of good-natured teasing or jokes in many workplaces. However, when teasing, jokes, or other behavior crosses a line, it can be serious enough to create what employment law calls a hostile work environment. Hostile work environment claims are made when the teasing targets a certain protected class characteristic, which can…Read More
Defining “Serious Health Conditions” For FMLA Purposes
Employers in South Carolina are required by law to follow the guidelines of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when dealing with their employees. However, sometimes miscommunications happen not out of employer ignorance, but because of misunderstanding the terms of the Act. Someone applying for leave under FMLA must have a “serious health condition”…Read More
Arguments Being Heard In Race Discrimination Case
Arguments are being heard in a race discrimination case that started on November 13. In the case of Comcast Corp v. National Association of African-American Owned Media, a black-owned television network operator called Entertainment Studios Network (ESN) seeking a business relationship with Comcast, but was allegedly turned away due to race. The case has potential…Read More