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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Divided Supreme Court to Decide Whether LGBTQ Employees Are Protected from Discrimination


Do federal anti-discrimination laws encompass discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or identity?

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the landmark civil rights case involving LGBTQ employees who claim they were discriminated against at work. The long awaited decision could have significant implications for employees and employers nationwide, as well as LGBTQ people across America. As we await the high court’s decision, our Read more . . .


Friday, October 4, 2019

Georgia Employers: Stay Abreast of State Hour and Wage Laws


What is the minimum wage in the state of Georgia?

As a Georgia employer, you must abide by a myriad of state and federal laws in managing and paying your employees. Failure to follow state and federal laws could result in tremendous fines, civil penalties, and other attendant consequences. It is imperative that employers in Georgia understand the state’s hour and wage laws, along with laws concerning tips, break time, vacations, and more. Our Read more . . .


Monday, September 9, 2019

Recent Changes in Employment Law That You Need to Know


What changes have developed concerning restrictive covenants?

The field of employment law is ever-shifting, and as a business owner it is imperative that you stay abreast of the latest legal developments. Your hiring, management of employees, firing, and more could be greatly affected by shifts in the employment law landscape. Not conforming with changes to the law could leave you out of compliance and potentially open to fines or even litigation. Our Read more . . .


Thursday, August 8, 2019

New Study Examines the Impact of Being a Minority Applicant on Employment Rates


Why Do U.S. Employers Tend to Discriminate Against Latino Male Applicants?


With Latino migrants flocking to the United States and Spain, a new study set out to examine whether potential employees experienced discrimination due to their status as a minority.  This novel study reached some alarming conclusions that highlight the ongoing employment discrimination experienced by Latino migrants both in the U.S.
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

McDonald’s Faces 25 New Filings of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace


What Are the grounds for sexual harassment at work?

Mega-corporation McDonald’s, which boasts nearly 14,000 restaurants in the United States alone, has been hit with 25 different lawsuits and complaints alleging sexual harassment in recent months.  The disturbing lawsuits allege sexual harassment among workers as young as 16 years old. This is not the first time that McDonald’s has found itself in the midst of sexual harassment allegations.
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Now Is the Time to Update Your Employee Handbook


Why is it important to periodically update your employee handbook?

With the new year approaching, now is a great time to review your employee handbook and make any necessary updates.  Your employee handbook serves as a vital guide to your employees.  A thorough handbook can prove essential in communicating your company’s mission and policies concerning employee behavior, compensation, and rights.  Your handbook can eliminate much confusion among employees, ward off ill behavior, and potentially even avoid litigation.  It is important to occasionally review your handbook to ensure it contains the most up-to-date information that you wish to convey to your workforce.
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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect an individual from being discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Pregnancy in no way means you may treat an employee or potential employee any differently than someone else. The PDA works to ensure that no discriminatory acts are made against someone because they are pregnant, have recently given birth, or have a medical condition related to these things.

What is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act?

There are many ways to discriminate on the basis of pregnancy. If an unfavorable employment action is made because someone is pregnant, this is prohibited by the PDA.
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment in the workplace can be particularly stressful because it will not only make you feel uncomfortable, but can also place you in fear that your job may be in jeopardy if you do not handle the situation properly. It comes in many forms, but sexual harassment at work creates a toxic environment. Reporting this kind of behavior might make you afraid of what will happen to your employee status, but know that there are legal protections in place to shield you from backlash you may suffer. The Atlanta employment discrimination attorneys at Pankey & Horlock, LLC stand up for employees who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace.


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pregnancy Discrimination in Georgia


Can my employer fire me for being pregnant?

Being pregnant in the workplace can be an unfortunately intimidating time.  Federal law protects pregnant employees from discrimination in the workplace, but nonetheless many pregnant women still report being bullied and fired due to their pregnant status. With about 75 percent of the 72 million women workers in the workforce eventually becoming pregnant, according to the latest Pew Research, pregnancy discrimination is a major national issue.
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Employers Rejoice: Two FLSA Decisions Could Mean Good News for You


Can an employee who was voluntarily paid after a dispute recover for attorney’s fees and costs in an FLSA action?

 

Employment law is an ever-shifting field, requiring both employers and employees alike stay abreast of recent case developments.  Looking back at 2018, two federal court decisions stand out as providing important guidance on wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Both of these cases represent a positive outcome for employers.  Our Read more . . .


Monday, January 14, 2019

Can My Employer Require Me To Wear Clothing That Violates My Religious Beliefs?


Religious freedom has long been a central ideology of the United States.  Our constitution protects the right of the American people to practice the religion of their choosing.  Yet even today in the 21st century, cases continue to arise in which employees are discriminated against due to their religious beliefs.  Our


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