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February 2019 Archives

How to file a discrimination complaint with your HR department

Despite the many federal and state laws in place to protect against it, discrimination in the workplace remains a major problem. This can appear in any company, regardless of size, location or industry. As an employee, you should always keep your eyes out for instances of discrimination, as this is against the law.

What to know about "pay secrecy" policies

Many employers have made it taboo for employees to discuss their salaries at work. However, there is nothing inherently illegal about this practice. In fact, employees have a right under law to do so. The National Labor Relations Act has been in effect since 1935. It gives workers the right to perform "concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection." Ultimately, this means you and your coworkers have a right to talk about anything related to your jobs at work, which includes your salaries. 

Industries with the most age discrimination

Finding work at any point in life can be challenging. However, for those above 40 years old, it can prove to be increasingly difficult as the years go by. If you are in this age group, you may find yourself unable to secure employment despite having the qualifications. Or, you may be stuck in the same position, rarely or never receiving a promotion or raise.

Constructive discharge may be wrongful termination

At times, an employee may feel unhappy enough at work to consider resigning. Perhaps the supervisor unfairly criticizes the worker in a performance review. Maybe co-workers are rude and hostile. An employee can feel upset when inappropriate language or remarks demean the individual's gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs.

What factors do courts look at in a constructive dismissal case?

"Constructive dismissal" happens when an employer creates a work environment that is so intolerable that it forces the employee to quit. This may happen when an employer wants to fire an employee but doesn't have a legally valid reason to do so. For example, the employer wants to terminate a worker because they are a member of a specific race but wants to avoid an accusation of discrimination or wrongful termination.

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