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What is the EEOC Right to Sue Letter?

We all have the right to work in an environment free of discrimination.  Every worker should be treated equally, regardless of age, race, skin color, gender, disability or religion. However, sometimes employers do not follow the rules and treat minorities as second-class citizens. Those who have faced discrimination in the workplace must follow a certain…

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Inappropriate Jokes at Work Create Hostile Environments

Let’s face it, work can be boring at times. Sometimes a funny joke or story from a co-worker can brighten your day. Unfortunately, however, some people take things a little too far and end up offending others. Nobody wants to work in a hostile work environment. However, identifying the types of jokes and comments that…

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What is Constructive Dismissal?

People quit their jobs for various reasons. Maybe they found new opportunities. Perhaps they were tired of the commute. Maybe they worked in a hostile environment and couldn’t stand another day in the office. This happens more than you think. In fact, nearly half of those currently unemployed are in that situation because they quit…

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Are Migraines Considered a Disability?

Has a migraine ever caused you to miss work? Are you having difficulty taking care of yourself because the pain of your headaches is so intense? Then you may consider your migraines to be a disability. But can you file a disability claim and receive benefits for such a condition? Under the Americans with Disabilities…

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Google Accused of Discriminating Against Workers Based on Age

Technology giant Google is facing a class-action lawsuit from job applicants who claim they were not hired by the company due to their age. The plaintiffs are engineers over the age of 40 who were all turned down for jobs at Google and they claim the decision was based solely on their age. Federal law…

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Summertime Workplace Safety

Most people think of Amazon as a forward-thinking company that embraces people from all walks of life. After all, the company is well-known as a supporter of LGBT rights and has even produced a drama called “Transparent,” which features a lead character who is transgender. One Kentucky couple sees the company in a whole different…

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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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