Archive for March 2021
Employment Discrimination and the Equality Act
On February 25, 2021, the House of Representatives proposed the Equality Act. If passed, the act would amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As of this writing, the bill has not yet gone for a vote in the Senate, but if…Read More
Discrimination In Wage & Hour Claims
There are many ways that employers can discriminate against their employees, but one of the least seen tactics is to refuse to compensate an employee because of an inherent characteristic. For example, paying workers of color less or outright withholding wages they would be entitled to, solely because they’re not white. Wage and hour claims…Read More
Can I Be Fired For My Social Media Posts?
In this day and age, almost everyone has at least one form of social media profile. Since there are few immediate consequences for anything you say on social media (with rare exceptions), it can feel like a private echo chamber, where you can be as honest—and as potentially offensive—as you want. However, too often, your…Read More
What Happens After My Discrimination Charge Is Filed?
Filing a charge of employment discrimination in South Carolina is a significant decision. It shows that internal means of dispute resolution have failed and you’re ready to pursue outside remedies. It also means that there’s no going back, for good or ill. Still, in many situations, it’s the only way to get any measure of…Read More
South Carolina Rates Low On LGBTQ+ Equality Index
In early February 2021, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its annual Equality Index, which analyzes each U.S. state’s progress and rating on how close they are to achieving legal equality for LGBTQ+ people. The index analyzes both laws passed and any proposed bills (for example, the anti-trans bills proposed in several state legislatures dealing…Read More