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Fair Labor in America: Overtime Laws

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), enacted in 1938, establishes overtime pay, among other employment-related issues (i.e. minimum wage, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards) for employees in the private sector as well as the public local, state and federal governments. Workers covered under FLSA are entitled to no less than one and one-half times their…


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The American Evolution of Gender Discrimination Laws

During this nation’s early years, women had limited rights and privileges when compared to their male counterparts. For instance, women were not allowed to vote. Moreover, the requirement for a woman to surrender control of property to her husband upon marriage was not uncommon. Educational and career opportunities were limited, as the general belief was…

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How To Spot if You Are a Victim of Sexual Harassment

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, appeals for sexual favors, as well as other physical or verbal conduct that is sexual in nature and directly or indirectly (1) affects a victim’s employment, (2) unreasonably interferes with performance at work, or (3) creates a work environment…

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Fair Chance Act Gives Second Chances to Ex Offenders

It is a fear that many of us do not know – searching for employment, filling out an application, or going on an interview and having to face answering “yes” to whether or not you have a criminal background. It is not uncommon for employers to eliminate candidates up front because of this response; more…

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How to On-Ramp Your Career After Taking Time Off to Start a Family

As many reasons as there are to leave a career and stay home to raise a family there are just as many reasons to reenter the workforce after becoming a parent. Whether the decision was a financial one or more for social reasons (and possibly enjoying conversations with other adults as opposed to littles), returning…

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More Gay and Transgender Characters Are on TV

Cable TV and streaming media have been on the forefront of including characters from the LGBTQ community in their shows, according to a recent New York Times feature article. An annual report released by GLAAD titled “Where We Are On TV” analyzed the number of LGBT characters on cable networks as well as the overall…

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Am I being Compensated for Overtime Hours?

Overtime lawyers know it’s no surprise that the American workday does not stop at 5 p.m. In fact, earlier this year the Obama administration’s Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes in the federal overtime rules for this very reason. The changes more than doubled the salary point that determines whether or not an employee is…

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Disabled But Want to Work? 5 Tips to Networking Your Way to Your Next Job

While you may also have some type of disability, this fact should not get between you and your goal of returning to the workforce. As with any job hunt, announce that you are looking for work and keep a lookout for opportunities. In today’s society it can be much more easy to land a job…

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Am I Being Asked For Sexual Favors At Work? 5 Telltale Signs Of Sexual Harassment At Work

Workplace harassment and discrimination based on sex is prohibited by federal law, specifically Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). This law applies to organizations with at least 15 employees, and includes local, state and federal  governments. Recognizing the signs of sexual harassment is not as easy as one would believe,…

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The Culture of Science Discourages Reports of Sexual Harassment

Many women are often afraid to come forward with a sexual harassment complaint at the workplace. In fact, studies show a majority of sexual harassment victims fail to report the incident. One reason for the lack of reporting may be that sexual harassment can take many forms, including offensive jokes, suggestive comments, awkward stares, or…

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