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August 2015 Archives

You do not have to break the law for your employer

Throughout Missouri are hardworking employees who are happy to go the extra mile for their employers. Often, if you do your job well and with the necessary care and diligence, you are likely to win favor at work and perhaps even increase your chances of promotion. However, what happens if your employer asks you to do something inappropriate and threatens to fire you if you do not comply?

Opportunities limited for Kansans with disabilities

In Missouri, many employees struggle with unfair treatment for reasons beyond their control. Some are persecuted for their race or national origin, some are mistreated because of their gender or sexuality, others are singled out for their age or other reasons such as religion or even disabilities. Whatever the reason behind it, discrimination is unacceptable and should not be tolerated at work, or anywhere else.

Missouri motorcycle accidents are often deadly to riders

Most Missouri motorcycle riders are aware that their risk of injury or death in an accident is often greater than that of a driver of larger vehicles. Motorcycle accidents can be deadly to riders, and if cyclists are lucky enough to survive a crash, they may suffer injuries that are far more serious. Therefore, taking unnecessary risks only increases the potential of being involved in a serious or deadly accident.

Be prepared to pursue the wages you are owed

Many workers in Missouri have to cover long shifts in order to earn enough to pay the bills. Minimum wage laws are in place to help ensure that workers can make enough money to live on, yet even then it is often hard to make ends meet. This is especially true if your employer ignores wage laws or is inconsistent with payments. You could find yourself working constantly for next to no money which is a danger to your health as well as your finances.

You have the right to feel safe at work

In Missouri, many employees endure working conditions that are far from ideal. No job is perfect, yet you should still be able to go to work knowing that you can expect fair treatment and a safe working environment. However, even these things are not available to everyone and many workers deal with hostility, hazards and unfair treatment every day of their working lives.

Wrong-way and head-on collisions often end with fatalities

Hopefully, most Missouri residents will ever only have to imagine what it would be like to see another vehicle coming right at them. Unfortunately, numerous wrong-way and head-on collisions occur every year around the state and around the country. Many of those crashes result in fatalities.

Your religion should not affect your right to employment

Throughout Missouri, there are families from a wide range of backgrounds. Yet, some employers mistreat employees simply because they have a different national origin, have different religious beliefs or even because of their age, gender or sexuality. None of these matters should affect an individual's employability, yet discrimination is still prevalent in the state.

What is constructive dismissal?

Being fired is never a pleasant experience, but it can be even worse if it happens for an unjust reason or for no reason at all. It is something that countless employees in Missouri go through every year and many are left desperately searching for new jobs, unaware that their dismissal might have been illegal and that they may be entitled to compensation.

Missouri motorcycle accidents: 1 dead, 2 injured

A retired mail carrier died on Aug. 3 in a Dent County accident on Highway 68 near Route U. The fatal accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Motorcycle accidents involving a collision with a truck or other large vehicle rarely end well. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the scene of this crash.

Former employee alleges racial discrimination

In Missouri, all too many workers endure breaches of their rights as employees every day at work. Sadly, there are many employers who take advantage of their employees, or treat them unfairly. Sometimes it is a case of paying them too little or requiring them to work longer hours than is legal. In other cases, employers favor certain employees for reasons that are irrelevant to the job.

Discrimination is never acceptable

Most workers in Missouri are keen to hold on to their jobs, regardless of how happy or unhappy they are in their position. It can be difficult to find work, and many individuals simply cannot afford to be fired. However, it is a sad fact that every year, numerous workers lose their jobs for reasons that have no bearing on their suitability as an employee. Meanwhile, others endure severe mistreatment at work as they are too afraid to risk losing their jobs by making a complaint about their working conditions.

It is illegal to fire someone for their alien status

It can be hard to find a good job sometimes, no matter where you live in the United States, and Missouri is no exception. This search can be made even harder if the potential employer does not choose their employee based on merit, but rather rules people out for discriminatory reasons. It happens all too often and to make things worse, some employees experience this mistreatment even after being hired.

Can tips mean you earn less than minimum wage?

In Missouri, there are many employees who do not realize that they are being overworked and underpaid. Some employers will even bully workers into covering longer shifts than is legal, while not even paying them a fair wage for the work. In other cases, workers may be unknowingly entitled to overtime pay or be receiving a lower wage than the legal minimum. Whatever the case, it is unacceptable, so if you suspect that your employer is not treating you fairly, do not be afraid to address the issue.