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January 2013 Archives

When employment lawyers don't heed their own advice

Many would think that lawyers are always good at protecting themselves from lawsuits and ensuring that they are adhering to the rules by which they litigate. This seems especially true when it comes to the areas that they practice.

More NLRB rulings uphold employees' rights to free online speech

We have previously written about situations in which employees were fired for making disparaging comments on Facebook about their jobs or their supervisors; sometimes both. The resulting wrongful termination cases caught the attention of the entire nation because they posed an important question: where do we draw the line between protected employee speech and mere trash talk?

Court upholds woman's firing because boss found her 'irresistible'

Stories posted on this blog regularly show that there is no shortage of injustice in the workplace. While inappropriate and illegal workplace actions are sadly common, most of us would nonetheless like to believe in the court system as the voice of reason that allows wronged individuals to find justice.

What workers need to know to fight illegal wage theft: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about an illegal practice that is all too common throughout the American workforce: wage theft. We all work hard to earn a living, and we deserve to be fairly compensated for it.

What workers need to know to fight illegal wage theft: Part I

Regardless of what profession you're in, you likely seek the same fundamental treatment from your employer as other workers do: an honest and reasonable wage for honest work. Americans work hard for their paychecks and we all deserve every last dollar that we have earned and are legally entitled to.

Claire Danes finds accommodations for her pregnancy on "Homeland"

Prior to the passing of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, women could be fired for becoming pregnant. Discrimination laws have come a long way since then, but as some women discover, it can still be difficult to receive equal treatment in the workplace.

Discrimination complaints about language and accents on the rise

South Florida is home to a diverse mix of people and cultures. While this provides a great opportunity for personal growth and a chance to expand one's horizons, this cultural melting pot can sometimes create problems in the workplace.

EEOC cautions that domestic violence discrimination can be illegal

South Florida readers may remember two tragic and strangely similar incidents of workplace domestic violence that occurred over a one-week period last October, one of which happened here in Florida. Each incident involved an estranged husband coming into the salon where his wife worked and opening fire on employees in an attempt to injure or kill his wife and other employees.

Study shows higher rates of sexual harassment toward teen workers

It has traditionally been a sign of maturity and responsibility for teenagers to have a part-time job while still in high school. Many parents encourage their teens to seek gainful employment, both as a means of earning spending money and getting a taste of the "real world."

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