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'Microaggressions' in the workplace can take their toll

Often, workplace discrimination isn't as blatant as someone using an ethnic slur or telling someone they aren't qualified for a job because of their race, gender, age or disability. Many employees -- particularly women, people of color, and LGBTQ and disabled people -- are subject to what are called "microagressions" on a regular basis.

Can you be fired for social media posts?

Many people vent about anything and everything on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. If you're venting about the incompetent colleague you're stuck on a project with or mocking your employer, however, you could find yourself unemployed. Even if you're sharing good news, like a new product your company is going to be rolling out, you could be violating corporate policies.

Workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians is illegal

The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States entered a ruling on the 1964 Civil Rights Act Title VII on June 15. The high court panel ruled 6-3 that any discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) workers is unlawful. The panel decided that federal guidelines that refer to 'sex' discrimination being illegal should extend to cover a person's "gender identity" or "sexual orientation."

What is the Conscientious Employee Protection Act in New Jersey?

When there is something unsafe or illegal going on at your company, you may want to bring it to someone's attention. New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act provides workers with special protections if they have to make complaints about things going on in the company.

When can employers take paycheck deductions in New Jersey?

Many employers engage in illicit activities in hopes that their workers and authorities won't notice what they've done. Making unauthorized payroll deductions is one of those. The State of New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development enforces payroll deductions rules and regulations.

Can you be fired for picketing or striking?

The idea of workers engaging in organized protests or picketing, walk-outs or other types of coordinated activities aimed at calling attention to societal or workplace injustices isn't new. Individuals have been engaging in these types of actions for generations. Even still, many workers are reticent to participate in such activities out of fear that they'll lose their job. Federal law protects a worker's right to strike lawfully.

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