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February 2017 Archives

Implied contracts and illegal firings

Many workers are hired on an at-will basis, meaning they have no contract and can be fired -- or can quit -- without a reason. This can't be done illegally, of course, meaning that workers can't be fired based on ethnicity, gender, or other protected classes. However, it means employers don't necessarily have to have a reason for the firing.

Do you have free speech on the job?

You get fired, and you think it was because of something you said on the job. As such, you instantly think it's a wrongful termination. After all, doesn't the First Amendment to the Constitution give you the right to free speech, automatically protecting you from being fired for what you say?

Could an office romance start a sexual harassment investigation?

Office romances may be considered taboo by some, but they're actually very common. One study found that 40 percent of workers said they'd had some sort of a romantic relationship in the office, and it found that about 33 percent of these relationships ended in marriage. So, if you're thinking of dating a co-worker, are there any legal issues you need to watch out for?

Federal California lawsuit spotlights multiple harassment claims

It wasn't like officials from two companies now involved as defendants in a sexual harassment lawsuit lacked requisite notice that an employee was feared by many female subordinates that he supervised -- and allegedly physically and verbally abused -- on a long-term and regular basis.

Will changes to the employment discrimination rule affect you?

California has a long history of supporting workers' rights, but could the rest of the nation be catching up? If you believe that an employer discriminated against you because of your national origin during or after the hiring process, then an evolving governmental stance on the rules might work in your favor.

Study shows women's employment is more impacted by harassment

It is fair to note that both men and women can be the targets of sexual harassment in the workplace. It's naturally unfair to assume that only one gender would be targeted, and every employee -- regardless of gender, age, race or any other factor -- deserves the same protections. Laws against sexual harassment apply to everyone to the same degree.

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