Terminated During the Pandemic? Know Your Rights

July 13th, 2020|

The Coronavirus pandemic has upended life in unexpected ways. It has also taken a dramatic toll on the US economy. One of the most unfortunate results of the pandemic situation has been the loss of countless jobs throughout the country. Millions of Americans, mostly those working in “nonessential” roles, are out of work and uncertain what the future holds. Despite the fact that we are experiencing an unprecedented situation, the same protections that guard employees from wrongful termination still exist.If you lost your job during the pandemic, it’s only natural to feel frustrated and a bit lost as to what to do next. However, it is vital to carefully assess the reasoning behind your termination and whether it falls within

Handling Sexual Harassment Involving Non-Employees

June 5th, 2020|

Business leaders in the United States recently received a much-needed wakeup call in the form of the #MeToo movement, which brought widespread attention to the issue of sexual harassment and victimization in American workplaces. The issue is present across all industries and every strata of the American economy. It is essential for business leaders to know how to address sexual harassment incidents that arise within their workplaces. However, some business leaders may struggle to discern the appropriate course of action when it comes to sexual harassment issues that arise involving non-employees. It is every business leader’s responsibility to ensure a workplace free of sexual harassment. This not only applies to interactions between employees, but also interactions between employees and

How Gender-Based Rumors Create a Hostile Work Environment

March 31st, 2020|

No good things ever come from gossip. In the case of workplace rumor mills, gossip can harm someone both emotionally and professionally. Every workplace has the duty to ensure a safe environment free from abuse, including gender-based rumors which can contribute to a hostile work environment. Gender-Based Rumors and Sexual Harassment According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sexual harassment in the workplace can include any conduct that creates a hostile or offensive work environment. Examples of sexual harassment can include sexual comments or gender-based rumors regarding an employee. Stating that a woman “slept her way to the top” absolutely constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace. In fact, a California court specifically ruled that when an employer participates in

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