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January 2018 Archives

Retaliatory Discharge for Reporting Violation of the Law

When employees complain against their employers about harassment, discrimination, or any other illegal act, they often face retaliation, leading to negative consequences for their job. However, several federal and state laws are in place that provide protection to such employees from unfavorable treatment and retaliatory discharge for asserting their rights and doing the right thing. Employees can file a retaliation claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and get compensation for the difficulties and damages they suffered as a result. However, they must establish the following three things in order to prove their claim:

Sex and Pregnancy Discrimination - Understanding your Rights

If you have been denied an employment opportunity, benefits, a well-deserved promotion, or were fired due to your pregnancy, you can take a legal action against your employer for discrimination. Every year, thousands of cases are filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for pregnancy discrimination. In 2014, new laws in Illinois were introduced to instruct employers for making reasonable accommodations, such as breastfeeding rights, light duty, and others, for their pregnant employees.

How to Deal with Federal Employee Discrimination

Just like employees of private companies, employees in federal workplaces have the right to be free from illegal harassment and discrimination. Federal discrimination laws have been established by Congress and prohibits employers to discriminate on the basis of color, sex, race, religion, pregnancy, disability, national origin, age, or genetic information. However, federal employees must follow a different set of rules and procedures for filing a complaint against their employer with the EEOC.

How to Know if you have been Wrongfully Terminated?

It is a very unpleasant feeling when your boss calls you to their office and hands over a box, telling you to gather your things because you've been fired. In some cases, you see it coming, and in some cases you don't. Whatever the case, you should contain yourself and try not to burst out in anger, as it will only make things worse. However, do ponder over whether you have been fired for a valid reason or wrongfully terminated.

When is the Right Time to Hire an Attorney in a Retaliation Case?

Many times, we come across a situation at our workplace where we know what the right thing to do is, but the consequences of doing it isn't in our favor. If you have decided to take action by reporting your employer for their discriminatory acts or violation of any laws, there is a high chance they may retaliate and take drastic measures against you. Most people depend on their job to feed their families and even the thought of losing it is enough for them to take back their decision.

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