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What Does Harvey Weinstein’s Case Tell Us About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

With Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s recent termination from the company he helped co-found and his subsequent dismissal from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, it begs the question: How many complaints of sexual harassment go unheeded in the workplace? According to a 2015 report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), approximately […]

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Top 10 FAQs About Pregnancy Discrimination

Do you feel as though you may not have received a job promotion because you were pregnant? Or were pressured into taking early leave? Or even fired? The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Here are answers to 10 frequently asked questions that […]

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Will Uber Ever Get Over the Sexual Harassment Issues?

Have you ever taken an Uber? For some, it’s allegedly been more of a ride than they bargained for. The convenient ride-share service is under scrutiny again. Most recently (at least at the time of this writing) Uber has banned a driver who made comments that “his dream is to have some drunk chick by […]

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The Hard Lesson Brown & Brown Learned about Pregnancy Discrimination

Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), “an employer cannot refuse to hire a woman because of her pregnancy-related condition as long as she is able to perform the primary functions of her job.” Women who are let go or not hired because they are or may become pregnant may lose not only valuable income but […]

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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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