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Blog Posts in February, 2014

Could You Have a Retaliation Claim After Being Fired for Reporting a Friend's Sexual Harassment?

If you complain to your employer about discriminatory conduct or harassment in your workplace, even if you are not directly involved, and you are fired as a result, you may be able to sustain a claim ...
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Steer Clear of Social Media If Contemplating a Wrongful Termination Suit

If you are involved in a wrongful termination lawsuit, or are contemplating one, be careful how you use your social media accounts. Its always tempting to share all that is going on in your life, but ...
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Am I Entitled to Paid Sick Time if I Work for a Small Business?

This week our receptionist has been out because her 6 year old daughter fell ill and ended up in the hospital. We are a small law firm of 10 people, but we all fill in by taking turns answering the ...
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Are Temporary Disabilities Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The ADA makes it unlawful for covered employers to "discriminate against a qualified individual on the basis of disability." The Act prohibits covered employers from discharging qualified employees ...
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Asians Are Subject to Employment Discrimination Too

Although when we think of discrimination in the workplace, we tend to focus on groups such as African-Americans and Latinos, discrimination against Asians is present as well, though it generally is ...
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Be Sure There is a Causal Connection Between Your Protected Status and Your Termination

Our firm receives call every day from individuals who have been recently fired. They are often a member of a protected class, such as a racial or religious minority, or are gay, pregnant, or are over ...
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The Pitfalls of Workplace Romance

Valentine's Day is again upon us, and what better time to remind employees of the pitfalls of workplace romances. Love in the workplace is becoming increasingly common. The office has taken the place ...
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Could Michael Sam Have a Discrimination Claim Against His Future Team?

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is hoping to be drafted into the NFL in May. Last week, three months before he plans on turning pro, he told ESPN and the New York Times that he's gay. Several teams ...
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Be Respectful in Emails to Supervisors

No matter how much you my dislike your boss, be civilized in your emails to him or her; otherwise, they may come back and bite you. In Zayas v. Rockford Memorial Hospital, a 7th Circuit Court of ...
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Can an Employer Require Genetic Information as a Condition of Employment?

You get a job offer, but then your new employer requires a pre-employment medical exam, as part of which a family medical history must be submitted. The medical history includes the results of a ...
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Can Your Employer Wipe Your Personal Cellphone When You Are Terminated?

You have been receiving sexually harassing phone messages, pictures and texts from a supervisor at work. You complain to HR, and then you are terminated. When you get home and are about to call an ...
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Taking Time Off to Care for a Sick Relative

Have you noticed that people seem to be living longer these days? Many of us have parents in their 80s and 90s who are able to function semi-independently, but who sometimes need help with the effects ...
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Interesting NY Times Article on New Pregnancy Discrimination Law

I wrote about the new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which protects pregnant workers against discrimination in New York City. Today, only three days after the law went into effect, an article appears ...
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