Employment Discrimination Blog

Friday, April 24, 2020

Employees Forced to Work in Dangerous Conditions May Be Protected

Can I be fired if I refuse to work without adequate personal protective gear?

While many of us have settled into the routine of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, millions of other Americans continue to go to work everyday to ensure the medical, safety, and essential needs like food, electric, and water, are met around the country. Essential workers are everyday heroes during the pandemic, critical to our survival and well-being. As essential workers put themselves on the frontlines, they deserve to be protected in the best way possible. However, employees of some companies and industries are reporting that their safety is being compromised.

Alarming reports have emerged of workers being fired due to raising safety concerns.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Retaliation Tops EEOC Complaints

What constitutes retaliation against an employee?

For the tenth straight year, retaliation in the workplace is the number one discrimination-related complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the EEOC, retaliation cases represented 53.8 percent of the 72,675 charges received by the EEOC from 2018 to 2019.
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Friday, February 7, 2020

Georgia Employers Beware: Major Employment Law Changes Are Coming in 2020

What are the new salary minimums for an employee to be exempt from overtime?

The year 2020 will welcome in several significant changes to the field of employment law. Employers across the nation will want to closely review the changes to some local, state, and federal laws to ensure their compliance. Failure to adapt to changes in the legal field could result in fines or fees along with other potential penalties for employers. Our Read more . . .

Friday, January 10, 2020

The Right to Disconnect

Do I have to answer work emails at home?

Technology today has made some jobs far easier, while other jobs have become more stressful with the elimination between work and home. Our ever-connected world allows employers to reach employees at all times of the day and night. This seeming 24/7 availability puts much strain on employees, leaving them feeling that there is no “off” time. In an effort to improve employee’s mental state, some countries and companies have created “right to disconnect” laws that give employees the right to ignore work calls and emails after hours. Our Read more . . .

Thursday, December 26, 2019

When Jokes, Nicknames and Pranks Become Harassment

Many types of behavior that used to be acceptable in the workplace are now recognized as illegal as well as intolerable. Laughing at, bullying, or discriminating against those you work with is no longer considered an unavoidable aspect of some workplace environments. Today, a great many workers are rising up, with the assistance of committed, well-schooled employment discrimination attorneys, to defend themselves in court against the painful treatment they used to feel they had to endure in order to keep their jobs.
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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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