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Employment Law Archives

Have you been incorrectly classified as an exempt employee?

Employers must adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act in classifying their employees as either exempt or non-exempt. Misinterpreting or ignoring the regulations can lead to penalties, fines and the payment of back wages where applicable.

Have you experienced sexual harassment by coworkers?

You would think that everyone who holds down a job is aware that sexual harassment is illegal and should simply not happen. However, when you add email and online social exchanges to real-time interaction among employees, you can see that there are many opportunities for bad behavior to take place. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), "Prevention is the best tool to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace."

Vote, And You're Fired!

With Election Day fast approaching on November 8th, you may be wondering whether you can take time off from work to vote - without getting fired for it. In a year where there are divisive lines between supporters of the two main presidential candidates, you don't want to give your boss a reason to terminate your employment - especially if they think you're supporting the wrong candidate.

Can I Get Fired for Self-Defense?

If you work somewhere like a jewelry store, convenience store, bank, or anywhere else that deals in large amounts of cash or valuable items, you may think about how you would handle yourself in the event of a robbery or even an armed robbery. Your employer may provide closed circuit cameras, special alarm buttons, time-locked safes for cash, or simply a gun under the counter for security.

President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees in the Workplace

In late July 2014, President Obama signed an executive order that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees from being discriminated against or fired based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. The order only affects federal contractors, which includes 24,000 companies and 28 million workers.

Do Part-Time Workers Get Unemployment Benefits?

Losing a job is a real fear in today's economic climate, and unemployment benefits may be the only safety net that some people have. Unemployment benefits are not based on the job you just lost. If you lost a part-time job, you could still be eligible for unemployment benefits based on your work history.

Is Your Company's Bonus Structure Fair?

Income inequality made headlines in a big way after the hack at Sony revealing that everyone from CEOs to Oscar-winning actresses made less than their male counterparts. But at your workplace, such an enlightening breach is unlikely. What's more, many companies have confidentiality agreements that prohibit employees from discussing things like pay.