Employment Blog

Workplace Bullying: What to Do If It Happens to You
Advice

Picture this: you’ve been working in the same place for several years. You’re diligent, smart, and dedicated; you do good work. But recently, you’ve gotten a new supervisor, and she seems determined to bring you down. Nothing you do is...

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I Work for a Franchise—Who Is My Employer?
Advice

If you work for a company that owns a franchise, you may have to obey many rules to keep your job. But whose rules are they? How and why you’re treated as an employee, and by whom, are the big...

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The Washington Post: When You See Your Married Boss’s Profile on a Dating Site
Advice, Discrimination, In the News

February 2, 2017 It defies logic that a man with a possibly marriage-ending secret would preemptively attack someone in a position to reveal that secret to his spouse — but logic and lust are rarely bedfellows. Whether he was nudging...

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Does the National Labor Relations Act Apply If My Employer Is Not Unionized?
Advice

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) covers most employers whose workforce is unionized or whose employees are organizing a union, but it also applies in situations where neither is the case. The NLRA is enforced by the federal National Labor...

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The JD Journal: How to Handle Sexual Harassment at Law Firms
Advice, In the News, Sexual Harassment

November 23, 2016 What to do if you are being harassed? Tom Spiggle, founder of Spiggle Law Firm, told Forbes that there was a series of actions people can do if they’re being sexually harassed at work. 1. Talk to an...

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Can I Sue My Former Employer for Defamation?
Advice, Retaliation

Defamation occurs when someone transmits false information to a third party and harm results. Depending on who the person being harmed is, a plaintiff in this kind of case would need to prove differing levels of culpability. An example of...

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How Bad Do Things Have to Get Before I Should Quit?
Advice, Is it worth it?, Termination

Pretty bad. The legal term for a justifiable resignation is “constructive discharge.” To hold an employer liable for your resignation, the conditions must be so bad that a reasonable person in your position would leave the job. Given how each...

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Can Employers Use Affirmative Action to Boost Diversity?
Advice, Race Discrimination

Affirmative action—few other topics will result in a more heated debate. However, with the recent Supreme Court decision Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirmative action has been declared constitutional, at least to increase diversity in schools. But what...

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How Are Punitive Damages Awarded?
Advice, Is it worth it?

Punitive damages punish a party for bad behavior. They are normally reserved for the most blatant cases of wrongdoing and can make a lawsuit far more expensive for an employer. In a recent California case, the defendant’s behavior was so...

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Five Things to Do When You’ve Been Fired
Advice, Hiring an Attorney, Litigation

An earlier version of this post by Spiggle Law Firm employment attorney Phillis h. Rambsy originally appeared in an e-newsletter sent by Nicolas T. Abrams, a Certified Financial Planner and the President and CEO of AJW Financial Partners LLC. The loss of a...

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