A workplace is legally required to be a safe and comfortable place to work, free from discrimination and harassment. While one-time annoyances do not legally constitute a hostile work environment, you are protected by law if the primary motivation for creating or allowing an unhealthy workplace is discrimination based on the illegal motive of your…
What are civil rights and how are we protected at our jobs from unlawful discrimination? Most laws that regulate civil rights originate at the federal level and include the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Fair Housing Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among others. When it comes to the workplace, it’s imperative…
5 reasons you should call your attorney first If you are being arrested for criminal charges, things can move very quickly. Before it gets out of your control, ask to call your lawyer. Calling your attorney at the beginning, versus later in the process, can be the difference between a strong and weak case. Here…
The facts about pregnancy discrimination at work According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, if an applicant or employee is treated unfavorably due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the treatment is classified as pregnancy discrimination. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act states that discrimination can include any aspect of…
6 examples of disability discrimination in the workplace The Americans with Disabilities Act protects you from being discriminated against due to a past, current, or perceived disability. Disability discrimination in the workplace is against the law but unfortunately, that doesn’t deter all violations. Here are 6 examples of disability discrimination and its presence in a…
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was enacted to protect your private information while allowing the transfer of health information to ensure that each individual receives high-quality health care. What information is protected? HIPAA protects “all individually identifiable health information held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate,…
A whistleblower is an individual that reports a person or organization that is violating laws or regulations or is a danger to public health and safety. State and federal laws offer protection to employees that stop or report acts prohibited by law or testify about unlawful conduct. Conduct Conduct that could be subject to whistleblowing…
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted in 1993 to promote work-life balance.   FMLA applies to all public agencies, public and private elementary and secondary schools and companies with 50 or more employees.   Eligibility An employee is eligible when he or she meets the following criteria: works at a company that…