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April 2017 Archives

Protecting your employment rights under the FMLA

Many working people in Rhode Island will eventually have to deal with a personal emergency that requires them to take some time off of work. Many people may need more than just a day or two. If you work for a Rhode Island employer with 50 or more employees, you are likely covered by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Tips for pregnant employees and job seekers

While hiring across the nation saw an uptick in the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, many are skeptical of whether it will continue. If you are a pregnant woman looking for work, the road to a new job may still be riddled with potholes. Not every employer wants to take a chance on a pregnant woman, and not every employer understands the rules governing pregnant workers. Because of this, it is important for pregnant workers to protect themselves against unscrupulous employers.

Appellate court ruling changes rules on workplace discrimination

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on a number of characteristics, including race, sex and national origin. Sexual orientation is one characteristic that is not explicitly mentioned by the Act. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit attempted to put an end to workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation with a recent ruling in favor of an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College.

Fox News launches investigation of alleged sexual harassment

Employers owe a duty to their employees to do everything they can to ensure their safety in the workplace. Unfortunately, some employers don't do enough to protect their staff. As a result, men and women all across the country have been subjected to sexual harassment at work.

Has your employer raised red flags regarding race discrimination?

Obtaining employment can stand as one of the most successful days of your life. If you work hard toward gaining your dream job, you may think nothing can stand in your way, especially when it comes to doing the job well. Unfortunately, some individuals might carry out unjustified and illegal actions against you that prevent you from obtaining that dream position simply due to your race.

What types of discrimination can occur in the workplace?

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against any employee based on certain characteristics. This law was enacted to ensure that employee rights are protected. Despite this law, many employees are treated unfairly at work and feel unsafe and unwelcome as a result.