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March 2017 Archives

It's always important to fight racism in the workplace

While it would be wonderful for racial discrimination to be a thing of the past, at least in the work place, that is far from the truth. If anything, many racially dangerous attitudes have emboldened again in recent months! Fortunately, federal law prohibits racial discrimination in the work place, but that does not make it easy to identify by any means.

Is age bias on the rise?

The experiences of older workers in the job market lead to the inescapable conclusion that age is being used by some employers as a means to discriminate in hiring and promotion. The cumulative effect of age discrimination is hard to pinpoint, as relatively few employers are foolish enough to admit to candidates that they weren't hired because they'd had the audacity to turn 50, or 40, or whatever age the employer decided was unacceptable. A recent study demonstrates that age discrimination is a large problem, and it may be growing worse.

Was I wrongfully terminated after my injury?

If you lost your job after filing a workers' compensation claim for an on-the-job injury, you may be justifiably angry. After all, your injury occurred on the job, and isn't it illegal to fire someone after filing a worker's compensation claim? Unfortunately, there is no automatic yes-or-no answer to this dilemma, and the circumstances of your injury have a great deal to do with how your employer may respond to your injury and recovery.

Flight attendants claim social media harassment, sue airline

Social media often blurs the line between personal and professional lives, creating new and surprising opportunities for discrimination. A Philadelphia woman and her colleague are now suing their employer because of sexual discrimination by coworkers that they claim occurred on social media.

Identifying discrimination is not always simple

Determining whether or not you faced a discriminatory firing is not always simple. Many people feel hurt and discriminated against, and being let go can always be an emotional experience. To further clarify whether or not your firing was discriminatory, it is helpful to ask yourself a number of questions about the situation.

New Jersey Employment And Civil Rights Lawyer Discusses How To Protect Yourself From Government Ban On Lawsuits And Damages

Responsibility and accountability - even for the powerful - are rooted into the core of our legal system. This country's founders knew that a democracy needs a court system that empowers people to protect themselves by holding the powerful to account. That's why the Constitution guarantees each person the right to a trial by jury. The founders feared unaccountable power in the form of the King of England against his "subjects." 21st Century America may not have a king, but it does have multi-billion dollar corporations touching every part of every person's life. These corporations now seek the kind of unaccountable power our founders sought to protect against, and they're seeking that power by destroying your constitutional right to a trial by jury.

Was your employment contract violated when you were terminated?

When a person believes that he or she has been wrongfully terminated, that often means the employee believes he or she has faced some form of discrimination or that the employer illegally retaliated against the employee for reporting a safety or procedural violation. However, some forms of wrongful termination are more technical and possibly less about an interpersonal conflict. If you have an employment contract, then there may be specific provisions in the contract that dictate how you may be terminated, and what that termination would trigger as a result. If you were terminated in a way that violated your contract, this can also be a form of wrongful termination that is legally actionable.

Cyberbullying is a new frontier of cruelty and abuse

Bullying is an age-old problem. Anytime you gather a group of young people together, there is bound to be some level of abuse. Children are not known for demonstrating an overabundance of empathy, though it's not clear that adults do much better. But the bullying of the past may be a mere shade of what kids face today. Social media and the Internet have given rise to countless new opportunities for people to spew hatred without having to do anything more than pick up their phones. Cyberbullying laws are still developing, and many victims are unsure what, if any, protection is available to them.

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