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Sexual Harassment & Defamation of Character

What are rumors? Rumors, sometimes referred to as gossip, can be very serious if used in the workplace. This is especially true of the person initiating the rumors has significant power over the person the rumors are about. Harassment or Defamation Sexual harassment is unwelcomed behavior based on race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability…


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Is Income Awarded in a Sexual Harassment Settlement Taxable?

Earlier this year, a jury that consisted of five men and seven women awarded TV news reporter Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit regarding a 2008 video shot of her by a peeping tom while she was staying at a Vanderbilt University Marriott in Nashville. The jury found multiple parties responsible including the hotel…


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What is Whistleblowing?

A whistleblower is someone who reports his or her employer’s misconduct. The employee may work for a public government or a private enterprise and the disclosure could be to the public or those of authority regarding mismanagement, illegal behavior, corruption or some other wrongdoing. Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation by an employer under various laws,…


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Workplace Retaliation Defined

There are several federal and state laws that protect individuals from discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Title VII applies to both private and government employers, including federal and…


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Why Report Sexual Harassment?

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that one in four women in the America has experienced  sexual harassment in the workplace. Moreover, one out of ten men has experienced workplace sexual harassment, too, according to the study. As much as one quarter of men polled said they were afraid of being falsely accused of…


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How Employers Can Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Under the federal law known as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), employers have the responsibility of ensuring the workplace is free of sexual harassment. While this is a legal obligation, maintaining a harassment-free workplace just makes good business sense. An environment that is uncomfortable for employees will result in…


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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Discrimination of others based on gender is a civil rights violation that is not uncommon. This type of discrimination can take many forms including pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and unequal pay for the same job. According to the United States Department of Labor, women make up almost half of the U.S. workforce and by 2018…


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How Does the EEOC Define Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment occurs in America more often than one would think. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 women have experienced harassment in the workplace. Women, however, are not the only victims of this type of discrimination. If you or someone you know has been the victim of workplace harassment, sexual or otherwise, contact…


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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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