December 2017 Archives

Anyone may take leave to care for family members

Fathers in Arizona and throughout the country may be entitled to FMLA leave to care for a newborn child. They may also have the ability to take leave to care for the mother during and after her pregnancy. However, not everyone has access to either unpaid leave under FMLA or paid leave offered by a state government or an employer. According to the National Compensation Survey, only 14 percent of civilians have access to paid leave.

Let me tell you a little secret.

You seek the advice of an employment lawyer at low-point in a career. Things at work just aren't working out. You've been written up. Or worse yet, you've been fired. And it hurts. It hurts because a job is how you support yourself. It hurts because you derive self-esteem from a job. All you wanted was a level playing field. A way to earn a decent, honest living. But that's not happening now. You're in a daze. It's surreal. You need help. You're dealing with discrimination.

Study finds link between education, gender discrimination

A study by the Pew Research Center found that around 42 percent of women said they had experienced gender discrimination at work compared to 22 percent of men. Among the types of discrimination that women in Arizona and throughout the country might experience include earning less than a man doing the same job, being passed over for important assignments, being treated as though they are not competent and being denied a promotion.

Possible changes coming to sexual harassment training

Experts in the field of employment law have recently questioned the effectiveness of workplace sexual harassment training. This is not because experts feel the training is inappropriate, but because they feel it needs to be modified. As a result, workers in Arizona and across the country may experience a change in their training in the near future.

Now you know

Every worker knows that once you've been hired it's illegal for an employer to discriminate against you. And even before we are hired some of us intuitively know that prospective employers shouldn't certain interview questions. For example are you married? Do you have kids? But what can be done when you apply for a job and you suspect that the employer discriminated against you? The interviewer asked you illegal questions directed at your age for example. You know you were qualified. You may even find out that a less qualified person outside of your race or sex, for example, got the job instead of you.

Sexual harassment allegations against Mario Batali

Arizona fans of celebrity chef Mario Batali may have heard that he has stepped away from his TV show and business in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct. Investigation found four women who said the chef had behaved inappropriately to them. The entire period covered was about 20 years. While not specifically mentioning the investigation, Batali acknowledged behavior that had been inappropriate although he said that he did not know the specific identities of those who had accused him.

Health risks increase for victims of workplace sexual harassment

A substantial portion of news coverage over recent weeks has been devoted to stories of powerful men whose careers in politics and media have been derailed by credible allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct in the workplace. One aspect of the story has been mostly neglected, however: the potential for physical and psychological damage to the victims.

Did I wait too long to file a sexual harassment claim?

With the recent string of famous sexual harassment scandals more people are coming forward about their own experiences. Victims of sexual harassment may wait to report their harassers for many reasons, including safety and stable employment. Some men and women in Arizona feel that they waited too long to file their harassment claim. This blog post will go over the time limits for sexual harassment claims and what you can do to protect yourself.

But there's more to it than that...

Have you ever been to a place of business and received bad service? Sure. It happens everyday. People receive bad service. Big deal. But what happens when it's more than bad service, when you're completely denied service of your physical attributes, one of the reasons protected by law. That still happens even in this day and age.

Five myths every employee should know about FMLA

Caring for a sick family member is one of the most difficult tasks a person can experience. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) lets employees take time off to care for a family member with a serious medical condition or because of their own serious medical issues. The FMLA also gives time off to care for a newborn child, foster care placement or adopted child.

Will increased sexual harassment claims lead to more terminations?

Sexual harassment has been in the forefront of everyone’s minds and dominated the news cycle for much of the past few months. It has so permeated our culture that the #MeToo movement was recently named Time’s Person of the Year.

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