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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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Monday, December 10, 2018

Religious Discrimination in the Workplace


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.  Read more . . .


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Facebook Faces Allegations of Helping Employers to Exclude Female Candidates in Ads

How can social media influence employment today?

Facebook has faced several scandals involving discrimination in recent years. Now, the company has been accused of allowing employers to exclude female job candidates using the social media platform’s recruitment campaign technology.  Formal charges were recently filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by a group of job applicants coupled with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Communications Workers of America.  In our internet and social media driven culture, these accusations against Facebook must be taken seriously.  Our Atlanta, Georgia employment discrimination lawyer explains the Facebook charges and what they could mean for the company below.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

New Study Ranks Georgia 2nd in LGBT Workplace Discrimination

What protections do LGBT employees have in the state of Georgia?

A new report released by InsuranceQuotes.com should raise alarm among Georgia employers and employees alike.  InsuranceQuotes.com, a website that allows users to compare insurance rates, compiled data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concerning complaints related to both sexual orientation and gender identity.  The study found that Georgia employees filed 4.2 charges per 100,000 residents during the years 2014 to 2017.  In total, LGBT employees filed 432 discrimination claims during that three-year period, the second highest rate of complaints nationwide.  


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Court Rules GA Workers Not Protected from Firing Based on Sexual Orientation


Do Georgia employees have any recourse if they are fired for their sexual orientation?

Recently, a federal appeals court in Atlanta reaffirmed its holding that Georgia workers are not protected against workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The decision stemmed from a lawsuit originally filed in 2016. In the suit, Gerald Bostock, a former child welfare services coordinator working near Atlanta, claimed he was fired for being gay. The case garnered significant local and national coverage because it dealt with the complex issue of whether Title VII protects workers from adverse action due to their sexual orientation. Our Read more . . .


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Georgia Employers Should Update Their Driving Policies Now

What changes will the new hands-free law mean for Georgia employers?

Georgia’s new hands-free law went into effect on July 1, 2018. The law is anticipated to bring widespread changes to both private drivers and employers who require employees to drive on the job. Passed in response to alarming rates of distracted driving accidents, the hands-free law prohibits drivers from physically holding a wireless telecommunications device while driving. This law expands on the already existing ban on texting while driving.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Examining the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

What does the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop mean for business owners?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in the highly anticipated case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd.


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Protecting Your Business With an Employee Handbook

What clauses should my employee handbook contain?

Employers in Georgia should develop a thorough employee handbook that sets out in writing the policies of the business, expectations of employees, employee benefits, and much more. Your handbook can provide an excellent introduction to the core values and mission of the business, while outlining vital rules regarding workplace code of conduct. While all employee handbooks are unique, your Georgia employee handbook will likely include the following features:


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Friday, May 11, 2018

New Court Ruling Provides Transgender Employees with More Protection

Can my employer fire me for being transgender?

Recently, a federal appeals court held that transgender people are protected under civil rights laws that ban workplace discrimination based on sex. The decision, which arouse out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, could bring significant protections to transgender employees across the nation. Our Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at Pankey & Horlock, LLC...


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