When a worker is terminated, demoted, or denied a promotion, it is often frustrating and can be quite unexpected. In other situations, there may be obvious and inappropriate reasons for the negative employment action. In Alabama, employment is considered at-will, meaning an employer can take adverse employment actions for just about any reason, so long […]
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When you have been the subject of employment discrimination, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Complex federal and state laws often create hurdles and obstacles. Employers certainly do not make it easy. Family and friends may be full of seemingly good advice, but when it comes right down to pursuing justice, victims […]
When you have a medical condition that requires you to leave work for a while, it can be a scary proposition. Will you lose your job? Do they have to let you come back? How will you pay the bills? What about health insurance? These concerns and more are addressed by the Family Medical Leave […]
You may have heard the term “pretext” when discussing workplace discrimination or a wrongful termination. So, what exactly is a pretext? A pretext is basically just a made-up reason for terminating someone, when the real reason is unlawful or improper. When you think pretext, think pretend, because sometimes employers will pretend that they terminated an […]
Not surprisingly, some industries and jobs see a higher number of sexual harassment claims. While one may immediately think of jobs like the military, law enforcement, or other male-dominated workplaces, according to recent reports by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the following are the five industries with the most annual claims for sexual harassment. […]
Reservists and National Guard members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces can face a lot of challenges when it comes to maintaining civilian employment. Employers often want the skills and experience that service members bring to the job, but deployments and annual training drills can be a struggle for employers. Fortunately, federal law protects members […]
Under federal law, employers are required to keep accurate records of employee labor. This is because the law also has rules pertaining to what an employer must pay an employee, such as minimum wage and overtime. Birmingham labor law attorneys routinely meet clients who have been cheated out of their earnings due to unscrupulous employers […]
Like so many legal answers, the real answer to this question is, “it depends.” As a general rule, no. You can ask out just about anyone you want, assuming your company does not have anti-fraternization policies. We will set aside the issue of whether it is inappropriate or perhaps a bit unprofessional to ask out […]
Far too many women experience sexual harassment and discrimination in the workforce. When it happens to you, it can be dizzying and confusing. There are so many questions that need to be answered. Worse yet, there are strict limits on how long you can think through what is happening to you before getting help. For […]
Everyone knows about overtime. If you work more than 40 hours, you get overtime, right? Not necessarily. There are a lot of exceptions to overtime rules. In general, however, federal law offers some solid protections. Here is a brief look at the ways federal labor laws protect your wages. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act […]
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