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Category: Employee Rights

We fight for victims’ full and fair recovery in employment law, harassment, sexual abuse and personal injury cases.

Employers sometimes hide discrimination as downsizing

Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on certain protected characteristics. Gender, religion, race, national origin and age for those over 45 are all personal factors that should not influence employment decisions or career possibilities. People should receive

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The history of workers? compensation explained

Prior to the creation of workers? compensation, employees were left with few options if they suffered an injury on the job. They could try and negotiate a settlement with their employer, or they could file a lawsuit. Under the first

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The basics of non-compete agreements

Did you sign an employment contract or manual? If you did, you could be subject to a non-compete agreement. Non-compete agreements are controversial contracts that are used by companies to prevent their employees from working at competitive companies, including starting

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The basics of workers’ compensation, Part 1

Workers’ compensation was pioneered about a hundred years ago. Workers’ compensation was conceived as a way to reduce costs on employers and speed up compensation for employees. This post will go over the formation of workers’ compensation and how it

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Review of mandatory employee arbitration clauses

A trend in employment contracts is to force employees to waive their rights to court, to file class actions, and other retaliatory actions. Instead, most of these contracts force employees into arbitration. The Supreme Court agreed to hear three consolidated

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Mine deaths drop in 2016, another year of progress

Mines have enjoyed decades of dramatically improved safety and 2016 was no exception. Mines were once one of the most dangerous places to work. Explosions, cave-ins, and fatalities were common. But in the 1970s, with the Mine Safety Act, the

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What questions are allowed during an interview

Employers usually ask many different questions during interviews to analyze the nature of the candidate. Previously these questions were of a wide variety, but recently laws have been made to define what type of questions are permitted in an interview.

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ERISA preemption

The Employee Retirement Security Act regulates how employees receive their health and other benefits from the employers. It also protects private pension and health plans in case there is any mismanagement. But sometimes employees are deprived of protections in bad

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Employee rights: medical marijuana use

The question that is probably swirling around in many people’s heads (especially after this election) is can your employer punish you for the lawful use of marijuana on your personal time? The short answer is yes; your employer may fire

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Last paycheck laws in the U.S.

When you leave a job, you receive your last paycheck regardless of the reason. Being fired, quitting your job or leaving for any other circumstances requires that your last paycheck be paid on time. There are several federal and state

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