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Know your rights: whistleblowing

By | 2022-09-27T12:31:54-05:00 June 26th, 2018|Employee Rights, Work Environment|

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 includes breaking environmental laws corporate fraud in publicly traded companies violation of industry rules and regulations decision-making that endangers public health and safety gross waste of funds abuse of authority censorship of information that could cause any of the above Retaliation Laws are in place that protect whistleblowers from retaliation from employers. This includes but is not limited to firing, demotion, blacklisting, harassment, reduction in [...]

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Disability discrimination in the workplace

By | 2022-09-27T12:32:03-05:00 May 30th, 2018|Disability Discrimination, Employee Rights, Work Environment|

Disability discrimination occurs when an employee or applicant is treated unfavorably (because he or she has a disability) by an employer or other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act or the Missouri Human Rights Act. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in order to be protected by the law, an individual must be qualified for the job and show that he or she has a disability in one of the following ways: if the individual has a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major activity such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing or learning if the individual has a history of a disability such as cancer that is in remission if an [...]

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What is sex discrimination in the workplace?

By | 2022-09-27T12:32:12-05:00 May 8th, 2018|Sex Discrimination, Work Environment|

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sex discrimination as treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of that person’s sex. Discrimination against an individual because of gender identity or sexual orientation is in violation of Title VII. What is Title VII? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to private employers, state and local government employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and joint employer-union apprenticeship programs with 15 or more employees. It is against Title VII to discriminate, based on sex or gender, when dealing with workplace matters such as hiring, firing or layoffs, pay rate, work schedule, job duties, promotions and advancement opportunities, trainings, fringe benefits and any other term or condition of employment. These [...]

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What is wrongful termination?

By | 2022-09-27T12:31:18-05:00 April 25th, 2018|Employee Rights, Work Environment|

It’s essential that employees know their rights and take steps to protect themselves in the case of wrongful termination. Employment-at-will doctrine Employees and employers are not bound to their employment relationship by anything but voluntary desire. An employee can leave the job without reason and an employer can fire the employee at any time without cause. Wrongful termination Wrongful termination is a situation in which an employee is fired for reasons which are considered against the law. Here are some examples of unlawful reasons for termination which would fall outside of the employment-at-will doctrine.   Firing due to sex, gender identity or sexual orientation Firing as a form of sexual harassment Firing on the basis of a disability Firing in [...]

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What is a hostile working environment?

By | 2022-09-27T12:34:14-05:00 February 26th, 2018|Work Environment|

You have likely heard the term “hostile working environment” tossed around by a disgruntled co-worker at some point in your professional career, but what exactly constitutes a hostile working environment? There are several qualifying factors that must be met before a work environment can be considered hostile, and they may not be exactly what you think. While obnoxiously loud, interrupting co-workers can definitely play into a work environment that is less-than conducive for quality work, their actions alone aren’t enough to be considered a hostile working environment. Instead, according to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a hostile working environment is defined as: “...unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age [...]

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