Workplace Discrimination Archives

How employees should react to marijuana use policies

As the State of California embarks on its journey of allowing recreational use of marijuana, many employers and employees may be curious of how the new laws (and decriminalization) would affect workplaces. Indeed, state medicinal marijuana use provisions do not directly translate to workplace drug testing laws. Also, marijuana is still listed as a schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

How do I know if I'm being discriminated against?

Are good working relationships better for employers or employees?  After all, good relationships between employees and supervisors can be helpful for productivity. When employees are satisfied with their jobs they tend to work better. What employer wouldn’t want that?

What we can learn from Carmelo Anthony's experience

We rarely discuss sports on this blog, but the situation brewing between New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, the team’s president of basketball operations gives us a high profile workplace scenario that is worth discussing.

Don't let social media doom your case before it gets started

If you love social media, you’re certainly not alone. Websites that enable us to share our feelings and our lives in real time (in some instances) have become a ubiquitous, ingrained part of our culture. So just as it is easy to share how much we like ice cream and new outfits, we can vent our frustration with what is going on in our lives.

Will sexual orientation be a protected class under Title VII?

There is a legal conundrum making its way through federal appellate courts throughout the country surrounding the extent of the protections guaranteed under Title VII: Can a sexual orientation discrimination clam proceed under Title VII?

Three things to consider before a settlement conference

If you are in the midst of an employment discrimination lawsuit, chances are that a some point you will be invited to (or ordered to attend) a settlement conference. This is an opportunity for the parties to sit down and get to the heart of the issues to see if the case can be resolved. Judges relish these opportunities for parties because of the high cost of litigation and it provides a chance for people to resolve their differences quickly.

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