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How To Treat Pregnant Workers In A Non-Discriminatory Manner

Not every pregnancy is the same, with a host of genetic and environmental factors playing a role in the outcome. If a person has a difficult pregnancy, they can, in theory, avail themselves of the protections provided by state and federal anti-discrimination law so they retain their job and seniority. However, some employers can take…

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Employment Discrimination After Paid Family Leave

While South Carolina doesn’t have its own dedicated law on the subject, employees in state are eligible to take paid family leave under the federal law, referred to as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If they comply with all the requirements of the statute, an employee is entitled to take up to 12 weeks…

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Non-Compete Agreements In South Carolina

In certain industries, the departure of an employee from a company can be a serious event, especially if they’re aware of internal information or other trade secrets. As a result, companies in these industries will very often try to get employees to sign non-compete agreements or covenants not to compete. However, so many of them…

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Can Employment Discrimination Ever Be Legal?

People in the United States are raised to believe that discrimination is always illegal. But can employment discrimination ever be legal? There are certain situations in which an employer can legally discriminate against a certain type of person or people with a certain characteristic. At its heart, a form of discrimination is only illegal if…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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