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Job applicant wins in U.S Supreme Court

An employer cannot refuse to hire someone to avoid making a religious accommodation — even if the employer did not actually know the accommodation was needed. It is enough for the employer to suspect that the accommodation is needed — or for it to be a motivating factor in the employer’s decision, the U.S. Supreme […]

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Small Companies and Pregnancy Discrimination: What Can You Do?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) protects pregnant women from being discriminated against based on their pregnancy. The law states that pregnant women must be treated the same as other employees. However, this law only applies to companies that are larger than fifteen people. Where does that leave women working for small businesses? While […]

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Dealing with a Deceptive Employer

For most of us, we spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. That makes it extremely difficult when dealing with someone unethical on the job. But what do you do when that someone pays your paycheck? Common Types of Workplace Deception To better understand your options, it’s important to categorize the nature of […]

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What Can I Do if My Employer Violates My Employment Contract?

If you have an agreement with your employer – written or verbal (albeit verbal is harder to prove) – that has been broken, you have several courses of action. If the employment/employee contract is a union contract, speak with your union representative first. If not, then you can: Speak with the Human Resources Department While […]

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Sex Discrimination: Gender Identity and Transgender Status are now Protected

Know Your Rights Employers cannot discriminate in employment based on race, religion, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or sex. However, up until recently transgender employees, or job candidates, were not specifically protected. In early 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13672 (EO) adding sexual orientation AND gender identity as independent, protected categories. […]

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4 Common Mistakes Sexual Harassment Victims Make

We’re not in the business of victim blaming. In fact, our goal is to empower the so-called “targets” of a hostile work environment. While employees who experience workplace sexual harassment aren’t responsible for their abuse, it’s important that they know the steps they do or don’t take after an incident can impact the strength of […]

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What You Need to Know About Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Pregnancy should be a happy time. For some women, however, it can come with anxiety over employer perceptions. In certain cases, these concerns may escalate if an employer’s opinions devolve to harassment and discrimination, leading to a hostile work environment. According to The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), pregnancy is protected from discrimination related to general […]

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Is there a statute of limitations on filing sexual harassment charges against my employer?

Workplace sexual harassment is a genderless offense. It can happen to anyone. In fact, according to the latest data by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), while 83.7 percent of all sexual harassment charges are filed by women, 16.3 percent are filed by men. If you believe you are a victim of sexual intimidation, […]

Florida Workplace Harassment Statistics

Experiencing workplace harassment? So are many employed Floridians.

Have you experienced workplace harassment or discrimination? Or maybe know someone who has? Well, according to The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, if you work in Florida the chances of you experiencing harassment and discrimination in the workplace are pretty good. Did you know that Florida currently ranks No.2 in the nation in workplace harassment and […]

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Can Your Facebook Posts Get You Fired?

Employers are cracking down on employees who air workplace dirty laundry on social media I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the Taco Bell employee who posted a photo of himself on social media licking a stack of tacos at work. At the time, it was all in good fun – the tacos were apparently […]

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