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New Law Gives Freelancers Legal Recourse for Payment Problems

New Law Gives Freelancers Legal Recourse for Payment Problems Similar laws may pop up across the country to address needs of “gig economy” In today’s so-called gig economy, more ...
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Cancer Survivor Receives $75K after Alleging that Company Refused to Accommodate Her

Cancer Survivor Receives $75K after Alleging that Company Refused to Accommodate Her Wal-Mart employee with physical limitations says she was forced to stand Fighting cancer is hard enough, but for ...
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Woman Fired Over White Nationalist Views; Was It Legal?

Woman Fired Over White Nationalist Views; Was It Legal? Employee spotted in video at “alt right” gathering Can you be fired for your personal views on race, even if you do not express ...
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Black Staffer Fired After Refusing to Work with Man Who Used N-Word

Black Staffer Fired After Refusing to Work with Man Who Used N-Word Woman says she was terminated for threatening to contact a lawyer Can an African American woman be lawfully terminated for refusing ...
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What You Need to Know About National Origin Discrimination

What You Need to Know About National Origin Discrimination EEOC issues new guidance on the topic You may already be familiar with the basic concepts surrounding racial discrimination. However, fewer ...
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Male Employees Fired for Opposing Harassment of Female Coworkers

Male Employees Fired for Opposing Harassment of Female Coworkers Company must pay $1.4 million to workers who complained One of the biggest reasons that people don’t speak up about unlawful ...
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Muslim Worker Fired After Announcing He'd Defend Himself Against Harassers

Muslim Worker Fired After Announcing He’d Defend Himself Against Harassers Employer refused to take action on man’s complaint In the aftermath of last week’s election, racial tension ...
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Brian Heller is Now a Name Partner at Schwartz Perry & Heller

Schwartz & Perry has been renamed to Schwartz Perry & Heller​ with Brian Heller officially becoming a name partner at the law firm. We could not be more excited to move into this next chapter ...
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The Sometimes-Subtle Face of Age Bias

The Sometimes-Subtle Face of Age Bias Over 40? Here’s what you need to know about age discrimination “You’re not a good fit with our culture.” “We need people with ...
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Exotic Dancers Sue for Appropriate Employment Status

Exotic Dancers Sue for Appropriate Employment Status Women claim they were misclassified as independent contractors In today’s so-called gig economy, a large percentage of workers are finding ...
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Court Saw Through Company's Attempt at Retaliation

Court Saw Through Company’s Attempt at Retaliation Employer sued woman after her complaint of unfair pay In a lot of ways, Tera Lopez personifies many workers’ worst fears about facing off ...
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Supervisor Limited Expectant Mom's Bathroom Breaks

Supervisor Limited Expectant Mom’s Bathroom Breaks Manager had different rules for pregnant employee Did a manager at a popular restaurant chain try to drive a pregnant employee off the job? ...
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Security Guard Fired for Outing Peeping-Tom Coworker

Security Guard Fired for Outing Peeping-Tom Coworker Man sued employer for retaliation and was awarded $115K Imagine that you witness one of your coworkers doing something you consider to be ...
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Boss Told Worker with Heart Condition Not to Die at His Desk

Boss Told Worker with Heart Condition Not to Die at His Desk Company refused to reduce staffer’s hours after heart surgery Reducing stress is often the first piece of advice that doctors give ...
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Diabetic Employee Fired for 'Stealing' Juice to Stabilize Blood Sugar

Diabetic Employee Fired for ‘Stealing’ Juice to Stabilize Blood Sugar Woman awarded $277K for disability discrimination If you have diabetes or know someone who does, you might know how ...
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8-Year Legal Battle Yields Millions for Women Who Were Fired Over Pregnancies

8-Year Legal Battle Yields Millions for Women Who Were Fired Over Pregnancies Boss attempted to discourage women from having babies Even though women have been in the workforce for decades, there are ...
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Case Against Chipotle Highlights Wage Theft Issues

Case Against Chipotle Highlights Wage Theft Issues Employees claim that they were forced to work off-the-clock It’s time to clock out, but that doesn’t mean you can go home. That’s ...
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Woman Denied Job Over Prescription Drug Use; Was it Legal?

Woman Denied Job Over Prescription Drug Use; Was it Legal? Company didn’t like results of job candidate’s drug test Imagine that you’ve applied for a job. After a series of ...
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What Teen Workers Need to Know About Sexual Harassment

What Teen Workers Need to Know About Sexual Harassment Company forced to pay $150,000 to settle lawsuit by underage employees Younger workers may be especially vulnerable to harassment or other ...
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Workers Fired for Not Getting Well Fast Enough; Company on the Hook for $8.6 Million

Workers Fired for Not Getting Well Fast Enough; Company on the Hook for $8.6 Million What workers need to know about leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act Imagine this scenario: A woman needs ...
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The So-Called Gig Economy: When Independent Contractors Are Really Employees

The So-Called Gig Economy: When Independent Contractors Are Really Employees What self-employed people need to know about their rights The “gig economy” is a big topic lately, as companies ...
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When the ADA Does and Doesn't Cover Mental Illness

When the ADA Does and Doesn’t Cover Mental Illness Employee with anxiety disorder attempted suicide at work Is it a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to fire an employee ...
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Company Refuses to Allow Worker Back on the Job After Seizure

Company Refuses to Allow Worker Back on the Job After Seizure Man claims that employer disregarded doctor’s medical clearance Who has the final say in whether a worker is allowed back on the job ...
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Woman Fired for Backing Coworker's Age Discrimination Claim

Woman Fired for Backing Coworker’s Age Discrimination Claim Employee collects $100K after suing company for retaliation A coworker decides to sue your employer for discrimination. You’re ...
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4 Red Flags That Your Employer Might Be Underpaying You

4 Red Flags That Your Employer Might Be Underpaying You What employees need to know about wage theft Have you ever suspected that your paycheck is smaller than it should be? If so, you’re not ...
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