Employment Blog

Can I Sue for Discrimination for Not Getting Promoted?
Age Discrimination, Equal Pay, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sex Discrimination

A failure to promote may be the basis of a lawsuit if the facts and law line up on your side. To have a valid discrimination claim against a present or past employer, you would need to show that there...

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Should I Hire a Reference Checking Service to See Whether My Employer Is Badmouthing Me?
Retaliation

If your employer or former employer is providing bad references about you to prospective employers, it may be an act of retaliation preventing you from obtaining opportunities and possibly higher pay. As a plaintiff, you might be able to bring...

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Is a Witness to Discrimination Protected Against Retaliation?
Retaliation

If you witnessed a co-worker being sexually harassed by your boss, would you tell the truth to human resources if they asked you about it? Though you may have many concerns that may prevent you from getting involved, state and...

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Assistant Professor Sues Columbia University for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation
Retaliation

Depending on which side you are on, the situation in the case discussed in this blog is a real-life “soap opera” or ongoing sexual harassment and retaliation that threatened the career of an up-and-coming college professor. Unless the case settles...

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How Do I Show That My Layoff Broke the Law?
Age Discrimination, Retaliation, Sex Discrimination

Corporate mergers are famous for creating shareholder “value” by cutting costs. Many times, those costs are the pay and benefits of employees who find themselves laid off—and possibly discriminated against in the process. The University of Tennessee merged its men’s...

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Can a Retaliation Claim Be Successful Without a Discrimination Charge?
Retaliation, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

Retaliation claims are based on protected activity. First, you must have complained about some kind of discrimination, sought a reasonable accommodation for a disability, or sought a medical leave. However, to have a viable retaliation claim, you do not need to...

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Can Retaliation Include a Failure to Rehire?
Retaliation

Retaliation can include any adverse employment action done to punish someone after he or she seeks the protection of an antidiscrimination law. In a recent case, a jury in a Pennsylvania federal court held that Rudolph Karlo, a former employee...

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5 Examples of Retaliation in the Workplace
Retaliation, Whistleblower

Illegal retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee because he or she complained of discrimination or harassment or reported illegal activity. While many of the cases discussed involve whistleblowing, retaliation occurs for a number of reasons. If you believe...

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How to Prove Retaliation in the Workplace
Retaliation

Retaliation is when an employer takes an adverse employment action—firing, demoting, creating a hostile work environment, etc.—toward you in response to your claim of discrimination or because of your participation in a discrimination hearing. This includes activity that you take...

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Court Rejects Retaliation Claim of Fired Breastfeeding Employee
FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Retaliation

We’ve previously discussed some of the challenges breastfeeding mothers face in the workplace. Our blog post titled “Breastfeeding Challenges for New Mothers Who Work Full-Time” examines laws and on-the-job difficulties employees encounter when breastfeeding or expressing milk. Currently, many breastfeeding...

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