Employment Blog

WJLA: Attorney-Private Employees May Be Fired if Spotted at White Nationalist Rally
Discrimination, In the News

August 16, 2017 When white nationalists marched with torches at the University of Virginia on Friday night, many did so without hiding their identities. Then a Twitter user called out one of the men later identified as Cole White, who was...

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Appellate Court Finds That Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Violates Title VII
Discrimination

Recognition of equal rights for the LGBTQ community has made great strides in the past few years. For example, same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. However, the legal...

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Discrimination Based on Credit Information Is Now Prohibited in Washington, D.C.
Discrimination

Despite what you might think, not every type of discrimination is actually illegal. If an employer tells an employee she’s fired because the company doesn’t like her religion, is that legal? No, because a law specifically prohibits discrimination based on...

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Proposed Harassment Guidance From the EEOC and Why It Matters
Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

Imagine your boss said one day, “I really like you, and I’d like to date you. If you agree to go out with me, I can promote you.” Let’s assume you are not interested at all in going out on...

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Can I Be Fired for My Political Activities Outside of Work?
Discrimination, Termination

With rare exceptions, private employees can be fired for any reason, or no reason, as long as no local, state, or federal law is broken in the process. This could include firing a worker for his or her political activities...

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Is It Legal to Be Discriminated Against Based on My Appearance?
Discrimination

You may have a valid cause of action of discrimination based on your appearance, depending on the facts of your situation and the laws that could apply. An employer may want employees to have a certain “look,” which may be...

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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 Federal Employment Law Forbid Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

The law is not settled as to whether LGBTQ employees can legally be discriminated against due to their sexual orientation, though most courts have ruled that such discrimination is not covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...

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How Do I Show That My Employer Is Lying?
Age Discrimination, Discrimination

Even if an employer is irresponsible enough to break the law and discriminate against someone, it is probably not reckless enough to admit it. Normally, in discrimination cases, the employer comes up with a reason (whether true or not) to...

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Five Things You Should Know About the D.C. Human Rights Act
Discrimination

Many people have heard of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their race or sex and that protects your rights as an employee. But if...

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