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Ongoing Sexual Harassment Issues Plague Uber

After a recent internal investigation, popular rideshare startup Uber terminated more than 20 of its employees. Some of these employees were senior-level executives. The terminations were followed by a deliberate culture change within the company, which had been accused of fostering a sexist, toxic work environment. The investigation came after a former Uber employee wrote…

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LGBT Rights in the Workplace. Where are We Now and How Did We Get Here?

Any act of treating an employee unfairly based on a characteristic he or she cannot change, such as the employee’s race, national origin, or sexual orientation is an act of discrimination. Discrimination hurts employees by keeping them from positions and promotions they deserve while also impacting companies as wholes, fostering workplace cultures where such treatment…

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Identifying a Toxic Work Culture

A hostile work environment is one where toxic behaviors like discrimination and harassment occur regularly. In a toxic work environment, management either ignores or encourages these issues. Sexual harassment is one of the many behaviors that can contribute to a toxic work environment. A few symptoms of a toxic work culture include: High turnover; Employee…

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Three Common Reasons for Wrongful Termination

In most cases, employers have the right to terminate workers for any reason they see fit with a few exceptions. Firing an employee for one of these excepted reasons may be determined to be a wrongful termination. Whistleblowing Whistleblowing is a protected activity, which means that it is illegal to terminate an employee for whistleblowing. This…

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Recognizing Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

When harassment occurs in the workplace, everybody suffers. Do not assume that the direct target of the harassment, whether it is sexual harassment or harassment based on the victim’s race, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation, is the only one whose mental health suffers when harassment occurs. The whole team can suffer from the effects…

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What to Do if you are Wrongfully Terminated for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Employees who are injured on the job have the right to file Workers’ Compensation claims to receive compensation for their medical expenses and part of their lost wages while out on disability. Firing an employee simply for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim is illegal and grounds for a wrongful termination claim. Can you be Fired…

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Questions In an Interview You Don’t Have to Answer

It is illegal for an employer to ask certain questions during an interview. Any question whose answer can be used to discriminate against a candidate, such as a question about when he or she plans to start a family, where he or she was born, or which holidays he or she celebrates, is an illegal…

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What are the Subtle Signs of a Hostile Work Environment?

A hostile work environment is a workplace environment where employees feel uncomfortable and even victimized because of the actions of their colleagues and supervisors. Actions present in hostile work environments can include bullying, harassment, unfair treatment, and supervisors “playing favorites” with particular employees. A hostile work environment is not always obvious. Although it can be…

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New York’s New Paid Family Leave Statute

On January 1, 2018, the New York State Paid Family Leave Program will go into effect, giving New York the most comprehensive, pro-family paid leave policy in the nation. From 2018 to 2021, the number of weeks workers are permitted to take off to attend to family needs will gradually increase from eight to 12….

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Can I Be Fired for Something I Do Outside of Work?

Yes. If you are an at-will employee, which is the case for most private sector employees, your employer can choose to fire you for your actions outside the office. In today’s world of social media, it can be easy to make inappropriate comments or posts or be tagged engaging in inappropriate behavior. Examples of inappropriate…

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