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September 2017 Archives

Do alcoholic employees have rights in the workplace?

As an employee, you have certain rights that you must understand and enforce, if necessary. Some of these issues get exceptionally complicated, especially when it comes to employees who struggle with appropriate alcohol consumption. Your employer may have certain obligations to you if you struggle with alcoholism, but you also face some additional dangers that other employees may never encounter.

What damages are available in workplace sexual harassment suits?

If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, you have some very important decisions to make about how you respond. Your first step is to alert your employer to the harassment, which, a perfect world would be the end of the matter. Unfortunately, there is often much more to this particular fight, and many cases of sexual harassment in the workplace lead to a sexual harassment lawsuit. Before you decide to dig in with a sexual harassment suit, it is wise to understand what you can expect.

3 elements required to prove retaliatory firing

You took a stand, stuck your neck out for what you believe is right, and now you're pretty sure that you got fired for it. Retaliatory firing is absolutely unlawful. But, how can you prove that your firing was retaliatory? It is doubtful that any employer would freely admit to a retaliatory firing, after all.

No leave to discriminate

When it comes to parental leave, the U.S. lags far behind other developed countries in terms of employee rights. American employers are required to provide woefully little to employees who have children. Despite the paucity of parental leave rights, companies still find ways to run afoul of the law in establishing their policies. In many cases, the failure comes from an antiquated view of what family life really is.

Employers must respect pregnant employees

Discrimination in the workplace can take many faces, but one of the most frustrating and inexcusable is that brought against pregnant employees. Pregnancy discrimination is mind-bogglingly widespread, despite the fact that every person within a given company or agency also owes his or her life to pregnancy.

Sexual harassment at work-sponsored warm-weather events

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, the summer season is unofficially over. But if you happened to attend any work-sponsored social events this summer -- especially any that involved alcohol -- the drama of summer may be far from over.

Was my termination retaliatory?

For as impersonal as they often seem, employers are made up of human beings, each as fallible as the next person. In many cases, an employer may fire an employee for unacceptable reasons, and if the employee does not choose to fight for fair treatment, the firing will simply go unchallenged. The truth of the matter is that some employers simply take action because they believe they can get away with it. It is the responsibility of the employee to stand up to this kind of abuse of power, especially when it comes to retaliatory firings.

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