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Walmart sued for treatment of cancer survivor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Walmart for disability discrimination and harassment, saying that the retailer failed to provide reasonable accommodations to a cancer survivor. The employee worked at a Walmart store in Illinois and had been disabled by bone cancer. According to the EEOC, the Walmart store initially agreed to allow the employee …

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LGBT employment protection next major goal

Gay marriage is a fundamental right, protected by the U.S. Constitution and legal in all 50 states thanks to the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, announced June 26. With this landmark decision behind them, many gay rights advocates are talking about the next major goal: employment protection for people in the …

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Employers Can Prohibit Employees’ Marijuana Use in Colorado

As marijuana becomes legal in many states, one question remains: Can employers prohibit their employee’s from using marijuana? In Colorado, the answer is “yes.” On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously held in Coats v. Dish Network that employers can discipline and terminate employees who test positive for the drug, even though recreational and …

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Social Scientists Discuss Causes and Solutions of Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment remains pervasive, hurting individuals and costing companies millions. Earlier this month, social scientists gathered to discuss harassment and its causes at the first meeting of U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment. One of the largest factors is organizational climate, said Dr. Mindy Bergman, an associate professor of psychology at …

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Bathroom access an issue for transgender employees

In a new report, a federal agency is addressing the rights of transgender people in the workplace. In its four-page guide, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) brings up bathrooms, in particular, recommending that employers provide transgender workers with access to restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. “Restricting employees to using only restrooms …

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Female scientists report being mistaken as janitors in STEM fields

Sex harassment sometimes stems from gender bias, which is especially prevalent in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. A recent study by the Harvard Business Review shows this problem goes beyond pay imbalances. More than 60 percent of women in STEM reported they have to prove their competence more than men. The surveyors …

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Understanding At-Will Employment

Florida is an at-will state, which means you can be fired at any time for any reason or no reason at all. You are employed at the will of your employer. However, that doesn’t mean you’re without rights. You are protected by Federal law from workplace discrimination and wrongful termination. But just what does that …

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What You Need to Know About EEOC and Workplace Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids discrimination based on a candidate or employee being pregnant. If you work for (or were interviewing with) a company that employs more than 15 people and you’ve received unfair treatment based on your pregnancy, your next step is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In Florida, you only have …

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Pregnancy Discrimination: What You Have to Prove

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (“PDA”) protects your rights as a pregnant employee. If you think you have a discrimination case consider the following: Your Company Size The PDA only governs companies that employ greater than 15 people. If you work for a smaller company, or work part-time, you are not covered by it. …

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What the Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on Pregnancy Discrimination Means for you

In December of last year, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case entitled “Young versus United Parcel Service/UPS.” This is the most high-profile case in pregnancy discrimination in several decades. The question at hand is equality. Does a pregnant employee have the same rights as an employee who becomes incapacitated due to illness or …

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