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Publix Supermarket Prevails in Age Bias Suit

In late June 2021, the U.S. Federal District Court in South Carolina handed down a decision granting summary judgment in a case brought against Publix Super Markets, Inc. by a former employee. The employee was terminated in January 2018, ostensibly for disobeying corporate policy to refrain from physical interaction with alleged shoplifters, but plaintiff argued…

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Discrimination on Religious Grounds

Religion is one of the protected classes under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with race/color, sex/gender, and national origin. This means that with very rare exceptions, discrimination against a person based on religion, real or perceived, is unlawful. An employer who is found to have engaged in discrimination on religious…

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Alleged Hiring Discrimination Creates Controversy At UNC-Chapel Hill

In early 2021, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offered a tenure-track position as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project. However, after an ‘outcry’ from conservative trustees and donors, the university reneged on its job offer, instead extending a 5-year…

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Employment Under Contract vs Employment At-Will

When a person is hired at a new company, they enter into one of two types of employment. Most workers are under what is known as at-will employment, which means they can be terminated at any time, for any reason. Employees under contract, however, have more protections against arbitrary termination. It can, however, be difficult…

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Is Remote Work A Reasonable Accommodation?

As U.S. cases of COVID-19 continue to fall, a large number of companies are trying to adjust ‘back to normal.’ However, a debate has sprung up about the issue of remote work – having the option has proved beneficial for disabled workers in particular, and many fear that it will disappear upon a “return to…

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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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