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March 2017 Archives

Tesla faces lawsuit for alleged discrimination and harassment

Rhode Island employees have basic rights in the workplace that entitle them to work in a safe environment free from discrimination and harassment. If an employee's rights are violated, the employee may choose to file a lawsuit against the employer. According to a recent report, Tesla Inc. is facing a workplace discrimination lawsuit after a factory worker allegedly experienced sexual harassment, racial discrimination and threats at the workplace.

Employment contracts and termination

When an employee works for a company, they are often required to agree to an employment contract. While employment contracts can be written out and signed by both an employee and employer, many companies use implied contracts instead. An implied contract can be a verbal statement, company memo, or employee handbook that specifies the details of the employee's employment. These contracts often include information such as start date, salary, and benefits. They may also include conditions for termination for employment.

Were you the victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment?

From a young age, your parents or other individuals may have taught you to respect people who hold positions of authority. You may have taken this lesson to heart and now try to remain respectful to individuals in such positions. However, you might question whether this approach applies to authority figures who abuse their power, especially when such abuse takes place on the job.

Former Uber employee alleges sexual harassment

Many Rhode Island residents spend a large percentage of their waking hours at the office and should feel safe there. Unfortunately, though, sexual harassment occurs more often than it should, resulting in a hostile work environment. This issue has hit the ride-sharing company Uber, which has recently been in the news for multiple incidents that have caused many people across the country to boycott the app and use Lyft instead.

Am I eligible for FMLA leave?

If you or a family member has experienced a significant life event, you may need to take some time off of work to deal with the situation. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows certain employees to take up to 12 workweeks off over the course of a year for multiple reasons, including the birth of a child, the onset of serious health conditions, or to care for a sick spouse, child or parent. Some employees may be permitted to take up to 26 workweeks off over a 12-month period to care for a covered service member with an illness or injury.

An overview of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The United States government understands the importance of family. In the middle of the 20th century, it was believed that the bond between a newborn and its mother were most important. But it became increasingly more apparent that the relationship between a father and his new child is also vitally important to the well-being of both child and parent.

Studies find Asian job applicants face discrimination in U.S., Canada

Multiple research studies from both Canada and the U.S. have found that employers are less likely to interview and hire job applicants with Asian last names than with those with Anglo last names, Rhode Island Public Radio reports.