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Rhode Island Employment Law Blog

What does quid pro quo harassment mean?

Harassment in the workplace is unlawful. This is true for sexual and non-sexual types of harassment. Harassment can take many forms: It may be that you feel bullied by a group of coworkers, who tease you regularly because of your race or religion. Alternatively, you may feel extremely uncomfortable in the workplace because your boss is pressuring you to have a romantic relationship with them.

If you believe that you have been victim to harassment in the workplace, you should consider taking legal action. Before doing so, reflect on the defining characteristics of your situation. If you believe that you may have been victim to quid pro quo harassment, first take the time to understand the legal definition of this. The following is an overview of the elements of quid pro quo harassment.

Coronavirus & Employment: Novel Questions for FMLA and ADA

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. With this declaration, novel questions of employment law have been brought to the forefront. Many employers are wondering what actions are legal during this pandemic, whereas many employees are wondering whether their time-off is covered under any federal or state law.

When is an employment termination wrongful?

A person's employment can be terminated for a wide range of reasons. A job termination can sometimes be justifiable under the law, even if an employer did not give the employee a reason for the termination of their job. However, there are also certain situations in which an employment termination could be wrongful. In a situation such as this, the employee who has lost their job may be able to file a wrongful termination claim and gain damages as a result.

If you have recently lost your job in Rhode Island, you may be wondering whether you can file a wrongful termination claim. Before filing such a claim, take the time to understand the law and reflect on the circumstances surrounding your employment termination. The following is an overview of situations in which an employment termination is typically considered wrongful.

Workplace conflict and a gender discrimination complaint

Let us say that you were recently hired as the assistant to the strength coach in the athletics department of a small college in New England. You are the first woman to hold that position.

You get along well with the coach, who hired you, but conflict between you and the athletic director developed quickly, and this makes you uncomfortable. Is gender discrimination involved?

Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements are usually part of an employment contract or presented upon separation. These agreements prohibit an employee from working for a competitor or engaging in a related business after that employee is separated from his/her employer. A non-compete agreement will, generally, define the period of time for which the agreement will be enforced, limit the prior employee from engaging in certain activities with another employer, and provide a geographic restriction upon the employee. Historically, corporate executives, top sales representatives, and creative personnel were often required to sign non-compete agreements. However, today, employers require employees in various fields to sign non-compete agreements.

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