Employment Blog

Tom Spiggle Joins Georgetown Panel to Discuss Impact of the Law on Gig Economy
Discrimination, In the News, Termination

January 25, 2017   Tom Spiggle joined a panel of speakers today at Georgetown Law as part of the “The Changing Nature of Low-Wage Work: How Automation & the Gig Economy Impact the Future of Work” event discussing the impact of employment...

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Can You Be Fired for Hate Speech? Doesn’t the First Amendment Protect Speech?
Termination

The nation watched with sorrow in August as a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent, resulting in one woman’s death. The public backlash was immediate, with participants being outed on social media and their hate speech reported to...

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Getting Fired as a High-Ranking Employee: Things to Keep in Mind
Termination

President Trump surprised the world when he fired FBI Director James Comey. Without getting into the political and legal ramifications of that decision, the way it unfolded demonstrated a few things about how high-profile firings should (and should not) happen....

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5 Things You Need to Know About Business Secrets—Before You Quit Your Job
Termination

Many companies rely heavily on secret or exclusive information that they have accumulated. From trade secrets to customer lists, these business organizations would fail if a departing employee were allowed to take critical company information to a competitor or use...

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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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Huffington Post: I Used to Be a Federal Prosecutor. Now, I’m Helping Immigrants at the Airport
In the News, Termination

February 3, 2017 For the past week, many lawyers, including myself, organized by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and International Refugee Assistance Project, descended in significant numbers to airports like Washington Dulles International and John F. Kennedy...

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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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Does My Virginia Employer Need to Give Me Notice Before I’m Fired?
Termination

Virginia is an at-will employment state. Being an at-will employee means that you can be fired for no or any reason (unless the reason is illegal), and you can leave a job for any reason or no reason. But if...

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Can a Government Employee Be Fired for Political Views?
Termination

If a government employer fired an employee because of his or her political views, it would arguably violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These amendments state that U.S. citizens cannot have their free speech rights violated...

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What to Do If You’re Fired
Termination

If you’ve lost your job, or if you’re about to lose your job, here are some quick action items. Don’t sign anything. Your employer may offer you a severance agreement. It will likely be three to five pages long. Here’s...

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