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Can you be lawfully discharged after being discriminated against?

Certain federal laws exist that can land an employer in hot water if they violate them. Many of these pieces of legislation prohibit discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Not all employers are required to abide by these pieces of legislation though.

New Jersey school district official sued for sexual harassment

The supervisor of curriculum and instruction at the Stafford Township School District (STSD) filed a sexual harassment retaliation lawsuit against the school system's superintendent on Dec. 12. In her filing, she alleges that her boss repeatedly sent her text messages requesting her to come and visit him at a bar in Manahawkin in the middle of the night.

New Jersey has a special state law protecting whistleblowers

Most working adults understand that they have special protections under federal law if they have to report their employer for doing something illegal. Whether someone reports their employer to a government regulatory agency or makes a report to upper management about local practices, they should not have to worry about retaliation for doing what is right.

How to take bathroom breaks at work

Even if you're working a short shift, there's a good chance you'll need to take at least one bathroom break throughout your day. While this sounds innocent enough, there's a chance that your company is closely monitoring the number of breaks you take, as well as how long you're away from your work.

One-time events may not be harassment

Discrimination often takes the form of harassment in the workplace. It can center around your religion, gender, age or some other characteristics. Discrimination can also mean getting fired, overlooked for promotions or otherwise seeing your career get held back. However, much of the day-to-day discrimination that employees face is just harassment.

If you're wrongfully discharged, you can get the help you need

You have been at your job for a few years, and you focus on doing your work well. You had great reviews and thought that everything was going well, but that changed when you found a notice on your desk that you were fired. You had 24 hours to remove your items and get out of the building.

What's considered to be disability discrimination on the job?

Each year, countless disabled employees are discriminated against on the job by either their colleagues or supervisors. Many of these workers feel justified in continuing to discriminate against others because they've never been told that their actions are wrong. This often happens because disabled individuals aren't exactly sure of the civil rights that they've been afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This federal law outlines what's considered to be disability discrimination.

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