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August 2018 Archives

Can I take time off work if my child is sick?

If you have a child who is suffering from a lengthy illness, it is very likely that it has been an upsetting time for you. You will want to provide your child with as much physical and emotional support that you possibly can, no matter the age of your child. However, you will also need to support your child financially by having job security.

Where to draw the line with inappropriate office jokes

Banter and joking around can be a healthy form of interaction in the workplace. It is natural to want to have good relationships with our coworkers, and often we relate to people in a more familiar way when we can share a joke with them. However, there is a very fine line between a friendly joke and a lewd one that is very inappropriate.

"Glass ceiling" workplace discrimination

You may have heard of the term "glass ceiling" used to describe the limitations that some employees, especially minorities and women, face in the workplace. Although these limitations are not explicitly expressed in most cases, they exist nonetheless.

Was I retaliated against after highlighting employee safety?

All employees have the right to voice any concerns they have about safety. However, when they do, this can be costly for the employer, since the employer will likely need to enact policies to address the safety conditions in the workplace. This is why employers can often wrongly become angry at employees who make complaints about safety in the workplace, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Are you a victim of workplace disability discrimination?

If you live and work in California, you have a disability and your employer also employs a workforce of at least 15 people, you have certain workplace rights, as dictated by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 2010. Essentially, this act makes it illegal for your employer to treat you differently because you have a disability, and it gives you grounds to try to hold your employer accountable, if he or she does so, anyway.

Being uncomfortable at work because of your sexual orientation

Everyone has the right to feel comfortable at work and feel relaxed enough to get on with the task at hand. In the same way, workers in the state of California have the right to be judged on how well they perform their job rather than irrelevant characteristics that do not relate in any way to the job that they do.

Can I take action after being fired while on family leave?

When you have a family or have medical issues, it is likely that there will be times when you need to take time off work in order to attend to a specific matter. As long as you meet certain requirements, you will qualify for unpaid employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Taking unpaid leave under the FMLA means that you are immune from having a negative action being made against you because of the leave taken. In other words, you cannot be fired or demoted for taking leave in order to have a child or care for a sick family member.

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