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There is more than one form of workplace bullying

Do you have reason to believe you're the victim of workplace bullying? Do you dread the thought of going into work because of one or more abusive people? Has the time come to learn more about your legal rights?

It's important to realize that there is more than one form of workplace bullying, as this goes a long way in helping you determine whether you're a victim. It's not always easy to bring workplace bullying to an end. But you shouldn't have to deal with this for any reason.

Are you a Missouri resident with hernia mesh complications?

There are many types of surgical procedures that can prevent hernias from happening. While many of these treatments have proven successful, the hernia mesh surgery has been linked to incidents of adverse effects post- surgery.

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety warning about the risks linked to hernia mesh surgeries. These warnings have led to lawsuits filed by patients who suffered from complications from their procedures. There have also been product recalls made by three hernia mesh manufacturing companies -- Bard Davol, Atrium Medical Corporation and Ethicon.

Does bullying happen in college?

The cliche of the high school bully is well-known. Read any Stephen King novel with children as the main characters, and it's very likely you'll find a young child, around 13 years old, getting bullied by the older, meaner high school characters.

Certainly, bullying also happens before this, but very young children make it a bit harder to tell. They're still learning social skills. When does it cross the line into intentional bullying?

Harassment as a restaurant worker

A report from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United has found that 80 percent of women in the restaurant industry have been harassed in the workplace by customers. This is a shocking number, and a sign that something needs to be done about workplace harassment, especially in the service industry.

Harassment is something that workers should never have to deal with. The harassment problem is believed to worsen and become more severe in the service industry because workers depend on their customers for tips. This means that, to some extent, the customer is the payer of a server's salary. This means that there is a power imbalance, and customers wrongly think that they have a right to act in ways that make the server uncomfortable. This is a myth that needs to be addressed, and it starts with upholding the law.

Taking action against racial discrimination in Missouri

In the state of Missouri, it is against the law to engage in any type of discrimination in the workplace. This law includes racial discrimination. It is upheld by the Missouri Human Rights Act, and legally protects discrimination that has a basis in race, color or religion.

If you believe that you have been a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace, it is important that you are able to identify it, then take the correct steps in order to protect yourself, and get justice.

Invokana: Be careful with this dangerous diabetes drug

Invokana is not the miracle drug it is purported to be. The type 2 diabetes medicine has left numerous patients with devastating injuries. Called by various names - such as canagliflozin and Invokamet - this drug is in the same class of treatments known as dapagliflozin, Farxiga and Xigduo XR. All of these drugs pose a serious threat to the kidney health of the patients who take them.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently strengthened its warnings attached to the above-named drugs to highlight the risk of acute kidney injury. It's vital that patients fully understand the FDA warning associated with these drugs to ensure that the potential health benefits truly outweigh the risks involved.

Gender discrimination may not involve sexual harassment

For many women in the workplace, gender discrimination stretches beyond sexually inappropriate behavior, affecting their opportunities and privileges in the workplace. While many of the headlines in the last year involve women coming forward to allege sexual misconduct against former employers or colleagues, gender discrimination encompasses many more kinds of unacceptable workplace behavior.

Gender discrimination may also apply to men, but is less commonly reported. Regardless of the gender of the person experiencing the discrimination, it is important for the victim to understand his or her rights under the law and how to protect them. In many instances, it is useful for victims of gender discrimination to consult with an established attorney who understands the nuances of pursuing such claims and protecting the victim's rights in the process.

Factors courts will consider in a sexual harassment case

It's one thing if an employee gets sexually harassed one day with unwanted sexualized comments. It's another thing if an employee gets sexually harassed every day for a year with sexual comments, unwanted touching and threats.

Although no form of sexual harassment is lawful -- nor should employees tolerate it -- some sexual harassment cases will require stronger sanctions against the abusers and employers that allowed the abuse to continue.

Fighting pregnancy discrimination: Pregnancy is protected by law

When you got pregnant, you wanted to tell all your coworkers. You've never had a problem, and you thought everyone would be happy for you. For the most part, everyone was.

After your announcement, you suddenly began to notice that your work load was changing. Your employer insists he's reducing the work he's giving you to make things easier, but you think he's penalizing you since you'll soon have to take maternity leave.

Managers can face punishment for workplace retaliation

Discrimination in the workplace is a very serious matter and while it has been getting much more attention lately, it is still a problem for many people. As an employee, you have the right to work in a safe place that is free from harassment and discrimination. Furthermore, you also have the right to make a complaint if you are experiencing such behavior. Unfortunately, many managers, even those in Kansas City, retaliate against employees that file complaints about discrimination.

It is not uncommon for some supervisors to think that they are untouchable, but, in reality, there are severe repercussions for those who take retaliatory actions. Managers can suffer job loss to legal consequences for retaliating against employees.