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What holiday workers should know about background checks

The holiday shopping season is just three weeks away; which means that retailers are hiring in earnest in anticipation for a possible record-breaking season. This means that applicants will likely go through a battery of interviews and background checks before receiving a formal offer. As such, knowing how background checks work and how they can affect your future employment is very important; not only for securing a job, but also for asserting your legal rights in the event an employer breaks the law.

Can your hairstyle lead to a discrimination case?

Indeed, in most white-collar professions there is an expectation of professionalism; both in appearance and how one conducts themselves. But who has the right to determine what is “professional” and what is not? This is a question decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th  Circuit stemming from a case where a job applicant was given a job offer only to have it rescinded when she would not cut her dreadlocks. 

Religious emails may cause problems for employees

Most employees already understand the bounds of free speech in the workplace. After all, the First Amendment is one of the bedrock principles of our society. So while speech in the workplace is afforded a great deal of protection, it is not absolute, and employees must realize that there are limits.

What employees should know about alcohol testing

Alcoholism is a terrible and pervasive disease that can ruin the lives of those who suffer from it. What’s even worse, many consider it to be a choice rather than a form of mental illness that requires treatment like a host of maladies that affect one’s decision making. While there are many who deal with it without substantial assistance from their employer, there are still those who need their employer to be understanding and accommodating to the extent the law allows.

Why social media could ruin your chances of obtaining justice

If you’re familiar with crime dramas, you are likely familiar with the famous Miranda warning “what you say can be used against you in a court of law” commonly barked out by arresting officers. That warning also has significance in real life; not for people who would be arrested, but for employees who post about their lives on social media sites.

EEOC pledges to improve data tracking on religious discrimination

In our last post, we highlighted the July jobs report, which included more jobs created in the nation’s economy than what was originally projected. The 255,000 jobs created is further evidence that the economy is going in the right direction. However, with so many new workers in the workforce, especially younger workers, they may not understand their rights guaranteed under federal law.

Basics of religious freedom in the workplace

As we noted in a prior post, the July jobs report was a promising sign of economic activity. More than 250,000 jobs were created last month, and the number was substantially more than the 180,000 jobs that were expected. Indeed, it is a positive sign when people are going to work. However, the possibility of these employees being discriminated against because of their religious beliefs is still real.

Tips for pregnant employees

Maintaining a job in today’s economy may be easier than it has in past years. However, if you are a pregnant woman, the road may still be considerably difficult. This is because not every employer understands the rules governing pregnant workers and may take actions that are against the law. Because of this, it is important for pregnant workers to protect themselves against unscrupulous employers.

Name calling in the workplace can be actionable

The old saying “sticks and stones may break by bones, but names will never hurt me” may not apply in the employment law context. After all, name calling can create psychological trauma and may even be the legal basis for a Title VII discrimination suit.

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