While some workplaces have continued to do their essential business, others have remained completely closed, and some continue to work on a fully remote basis. With stay-at-home orders being lifted, many organizations are beginning to open their doors to the public for the first time, so what does that mean for business and how does that affect employees? Here are some things you should know about your rights at the workplace, while we continue to fight the Covid-19 pandemic together. Employers can require employees to wear PPE During a pandemic, employees can be required to wear PPE at work such as masks, gowns, or gloves that are designed to protect employees from a Covid-19 infection. In addition, an employee with [...]
In this episode, Kevin Baldwin and Sylvia Hernandez talk about pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and how various laws including FMLA protects both women and men against discrimination by their employers.
The spotlight is often on discriminatory actions or harassment claims, but what about the unlawful repercussions of speaking up? It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against, or punish, an employee for making a discrimination or harassment claim, or for participating in an investigation at their place of work. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “it is unlawful to retaliate against applicants or employees for: filing or being a witness in an EEO charge, complaint, investigation, or lawsuit communicating with a supervisor or manager about employment discrimination, including harassment answering questions during an employer investigation of alleged harassment refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination resisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect [...]
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark U.S. law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Sex discrimination is still present in today’s workforce and 42% of women in the U.S. have reported gender discrimination on the job. As it’s Women’s History Month, here are 7 examples of sex discrimination at work toward women. What is sex discrimination? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that “sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person's sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.” The [...]
Workers can be discriminated against for a number of reasons by their employer. At Baldwin & Vernon, we've represented people who have been the victim of discrimination based on their gender, a pregnancy, age, disability, and race.
When let go from your job, you can run into several problems when applying for unemployment benefits. Many employers will automatically turn down your unemployment claim regardless of the circumstance. If you feel like you have been let go because of discrimination in any form and your unemployment claim is turned down, you may need a lawyer to help get the benefits that you deserve. […]
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 race, sex, gender, disability, religion or age. What is a hostile work environment? According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful when enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to [...]
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 to know the ropes of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This law forbids employers (with 15 or more employees) from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, religion (belief, observance and practice) or national origin. The term “sex” also refers to pregnancy, childbirth and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. This protection not only defends employees at their place [...]
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 are 5 reasons you should call your attorney to ensure that your case is handled properly with your concerns and future as top priorities. You can harm your case Know your rights and invoke your right to remain silent. Anything that you say can be used against you, which can cause damage to your case. Even if you think you are helping your case, you [...]