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What Kinds of Workplace Discrimination Are Illegal?
Not all unfair treatment in the workplace is illegal. Only discrimination based on certain characteristics, protected by federal or state law, will give rise to a discrimination claim. Protected characteristics under federal law include: age (employees who are 40 and older) race national origin sex religion disability pregnancy, ... Read more

What Do I Need to Prove to Win My Employment Discrimination Case?
To bring a successful employment discrimination case, you must show all of the following: You are a member of a protected class—for example, you are older than 40, you have a disability, or you are a member of a particular race. You were qualified to perform the job (or to receive a certain job ... Read more

How Do I Make a Discrimination or Harassment Complaint?
Before you can file a lawsuit for discrimination or harassment, you must file an administrative claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the agency that enforces federal antidiscrimination laws—or the equivalent agency in your state. To learn more, see our article on filing a discrimination ... Read more

What Is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ) Defense?
The law recognizes that in very limited circumstances, a protected characteristic is necessary to perform a certain job. An employer is allowed to discriminate when a certain religion, national origin, age, or gender is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) and necessary for the employer’s ... Read more

What Is a Hostile Work Environment?
The same laws that prohibit discrimination also prohibit harassment in the workplace. Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic—such as race, religion, or gender—that the employee must endure in order to keep his or her job or that creates a hostile work environment. To ... Read more

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Being suspended, especially when you feel that you're being treated unfairly, really stinks -- I'm sorry you're experiencing this.  The employer is generally required to follow its own work polic ...Read more

In generl, there are no limits to the number of hours an employer can require an employee to work.  However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires most employers to compensate employees f ...Read more

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The Employer Shared Responsibility Provision and Seasonal Workers

The reporting requirements for the Affordable Care Act will remain in effect for the 2017 reporting period, which covers 2016. Any legislative actions regarding repeal of the ACA will have a ... Read more

President Trump Leaves 2014 Executive Order in Place

President Trump recently announced that he would leave in place a 2014 executive order expanding protections for federal workers and government contractors for discrimination based on sexual orientati ... Read more


The so called “gig economy,” where people work many different jobs to make a living, has provoked a debate about what to call these workers and how they should be paid. Are these workers i ... Read more

Can boss not pay me for a paid holiday?

Q.        Can my boss tell me I’m not eligible for a paid holiday when everyone else who worked that week got paid for it? I don’t get holiday pay even t ... Read more

Fired Up: Avoid These Mistakes When Terminating “At Will” Employees

If you own a small business, you likely do not have the luxury of employing a designated human resource manager, leaving you with the unpleasant task of terminating employees. Avoiding several key mis ... Read more

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