Employment Discrimination

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Can I sue my employer for pregnancy discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination is unfortunately a common reality for female employees across the nation.   Roughly 75 percent of the over 72 million women in the workforce will become pregnant at some point.  Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) in 1978 in an effort to eliminate discrimination based on pregnancy in the workplace. While the Act has deterred some abhorrent practices, Read more . . .

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Employment Discrimination Among Native Americans

What are my legal rights if I am discriminated against due to being Native American?

Native Americans today report experiencing high rates of employment discrimination across the country.  According to a new poll conducted by NPR, in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Major Corporations Petition SCOTUS to Ban LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

Will the Supreme Court hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans discrimination against employees based on their sexual identity?

Seventy-six businesses, including mega companies like Apple and Starbucks, along with several LGBTQ rights organizations and scholars are moving for the Supreme Court of the United States to make an official ruling as to whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ employees against discrimination in the workplace.  Lambda Legal has filed a petition with SCOTUS that it hopes the court will take up.  As more companies and individuals get behind the cause of plaintiff Jameka Evans, our Georgia employment rights lawyers offer an overview of the case and what it could mean for LGBTQ employees nationally.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Equal Pay Act Explained

What are my rights under the Equal Pay Act?

Employees in America are protected by numerous federal and state laws against discrimination. One form of discrimination involves paying employees different wages for the same work on the basis of an employee’s sex. While we consider ourselves to be a progressive and forward thinking society, the sad reality is that female employees working full time in the United States continue to earn just 79 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Second Circuit to Hear Gay Skydiver’s Employment Discrimination Suit

Does Title VII protect gay and lesbian people against employment discrimination?

Recently, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear en banc the case of a skydiving instructor who claims his position was terminated because he was gay.  This New York case dates back to 2010 when Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor, filed a lawsuit against his former instructor, Altitude Express, Inc.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Could You Have Been Rejected For a Job Due to Age Discrimination?

What is age discrimination and what are my right if I am discriminated against due to my age?

In today’s youth driven society, age discrimination is rampant.  Anyone who is over the age of 40 and hunting for a job should be aware of what constitutes age discrimination and what your legal rights may be if you become the victim of such discrimination. Our Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at Pankey & Horlock, LLC discuss the complex subject of age discrimination below.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Basics of Worker Misclassification

Employees have certain rights and protections. However, independent contractors have more control over their work and do not have the benefit of many employee protections. Employers sometimes deem workers as independent contractors instead of employees because it is cheaper for them to do so. Independent contractors are not subject to specific laws, including:

  • Protection under the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Safe workplace requirements
  • Overtime compensation
  • Minimum wage and hour restrictions

Many of these benefits are expensive for the employer to maintain. To avoid these extra costs, some employers classify workers as independent contractors even though they should technically be considered employees.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Understanding Your Right to Vote During the Work Day

The 2016 Presidential election is fast upon us (in case you hadn’t heard), and the official day to cast in-person ballots is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Historically, Election Day is always held on the first Tuesday in November, and as such falls squarely in the middle of the work week for most folks. If you are concerned as to how you will be able to find time to vote during the work day – particularly if your polling place is historically crowded with long wait times – the following details your rights with regard to being able to leave work to vote.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

EEOC Settles Discrimination Claim with Georgia Baptist Church

What is being done about workplace harassment and discrimination?

The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled allegations of employment discrimination and retaliation with an independent Baptist church in Douglasville, Georgia.

The case arose after an employee at the King's Way Christian School, operated by King's Way Baptist Church, complained to the school that she was being sexually harassed by the school's pastor and superintendent. Rather than addressing the kindergarten teacher's complaint, the school not only fired her, but also stated she allowed the harassment to occur.

"This case is a good reminder to employers that complaints of discrimination must be treated seriously," said Bernice Williams-Kimbrough, district director of EEOC's Atlanta District Office.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Don't Get Shortchanged: Wage and Hour Claims in Georgia

What are the common wage violations by employers? 

In Georgia, many individuals work hard to make a living and they are entitled to fair pay. Because the state has not enacted wage and hour laws, however, employers are required to pay the federal minimum wage and comply with other provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law requiring employees to be paid a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and overtime pay for hours workers over 40 hours per week at a rate of time and a half.

Certain employees, however, such as executive, administrative and professionals, are exempt from the overtime requirement.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Washington D.C. Bar Owner Liable For Employment Discrimination

Can you only hire people with certain physical characteristics to work in your establishment?

When opening a new establishment, it might be your vision that all of the staff conforms to a certain look. This perception, however can cause you a lot of trouble as a business owner.  Laws prohibiting employment discrimination prevent you from making hiring and firing decisions based on the physical characteristics of a potential or current employee. That includes the person’s race. A D.
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