Questions I just found out that I carry the genetic marker for a serious disease; can my company fire me if they find out? My former coworker asked me to be a witness in her sexual harassment complaint, but I'm afraid I'll get fired. What are my rights? Can my employer refuse to promote me to a position
In legal terms, sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct on the job that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. In real life, sexually harassing behavior ranges from repeated offensive or belittling jokes to a workplace full of offensive pornography to an outright sexual assault. Find out what sexual harassment is -- and learn the steps you can take if you're being harassed.
What is the Family and Medical Leave Act? The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that gives eligible employees the right to take time off for a variety of reasons, including: to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child to care for a family member with a serious health condition to
The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, requires certain employers to give their workers up to 12 weeks off per year to care for a seriously ill family member, recuperate from their own serious illness, care for a new child, or handle issues arising from a family member's call to active military duty. It also gives employees the right to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a family member who is seriously injured or become ill while on active military duty. When they return from leave, these workers have the right to be reinstated to the same or an equivalent position. But FMLA leave is unpaid -- and that's where, critics say, the law falls short of its goals.
The federal laws broadly regulating unions—and the amendments to those laws—have dramatically changed the look and function of unions over time. The changing laws have also acted as political mirrors, alternately protecting employees from unfair labor practices and protecting employers from unfair
Questions If I get paid tips, can my employer pay me less than minimum wage? Does my employer have to pay me for time spent on required training? Can my employer require me to clock out when I take a break? Can my employer pay the federal minimum wage if the state's minimum wage is higher? How much of
Questions I had to quit my job after my daughter was diagnosed with cancer; can I get unemployment benefits? After I was laid off, I took my son out of day care to save money; can I still collect unemployment even though I'm spending most of my time being a stay-at-home mom? Must I have earned a certain
If you’ve recently left a job, you probably have a lot on your mind. But, if you are eligible, it’s essential that you file for unemployment right away so that you can get the benefits you’re entitled to. This article discusses how you can go about finding an unemployment lawyer. For general information
Questions Can my employer install cameras in the workplace? Can my employer require me to take a psychological test before promoting me to management? Can my employer read my email? Can my employer fire me for personal opinions expressed on my blog or a social networking site? Wouldn't this violate the
Are there cameras and video recorders where you work? There are in many retail establishments, often to guard against theft by outsiders. Most employees don't mind this type of filming -- after all, it's for their own protection. But what about employers that use hidden cameras to try to catch their own employees stealing? What about video surveillance of employees while they're working? Cameras in the bathrooms or locker rooms? The rules depend on state law and on what images are being captured.
Questions How should I handle a job interview when I have an obvious physical disability? Should I mention it? Can potential employers force me to take a drug test? What is an at-will employment agreement? What is an arbitration agreement -- and do I have to sign one to keep my job? Why do I need to
New employees are often perplexed to read--in a job application, employment contract, or employee handbook--that they will be employed "at will." An at-will employee can be fired at any time, for any reason. If the employer lets you go, you have very limited legal rights to fight the termination.
Questions What rights do I have under the OSH Act? What steps should I take if I'm injured by a workplace hazard? Does OSHA protect against the harmful effects of tobacco smoke in the workplace? Is there anything I can do to keep my abusive ex away from my workplace? Now that the health care reform bill
Questions How do I know if I have an employment contract? What are illegal reasons for firing me? What can I do to protect any legal rights I might have before leaving my job? Does the First Amendment protect me from being fired for what I post on my personal blog -- even if I sometimes write about my