Donna Ballman

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Donna Ballman’s book, Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards, was the Winner of the Law Category of the 2012 USA Best Books Awards and is currently available for purchase. Donna is the award-winning author of The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers, a book geared toward informing novelists and screenwriters about the ins and outs of the civil justice system. She’s been representing executives, physicians and employees in Florida, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and other employment law issues since 1986. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues, Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home, was named one of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ABA Blawg 100 best legal blogs, Paralegal 411’s Top 25 Labor and Employment law Blogs of 2013 and the 2011 Lexis/Nexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs.

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Can I Be Denied A Promotion Because My Spouse Works With Me?

Can I Be Denied A Promotion Because My Spouse Works With Me?

Can my employer discriminate against me because I'm married to a coworker?

You're up for a promotion but they won't consider you because your spouse works there. What are your rights? Our employment law expert answers this question Read More »

Do I Have To Put Up With Sexual Harassment By A Customer?

Do I Have To Put Up With Sexual Harassment By A Customer?

Employers are liable if they don't stop harassment that's reported

You have a customer or patient at work who sexually harasses you and your employer won't stop it. What to do? Our employment law expert explains your rights Read More »

Can I Be Fired Because My Boss Knows I'll Be Leaving?

Can I Be Fired Because My Boss Knows I'll Be Leaving?

At-will employees need to be careful with what they divulge

Your boss finds out you're planning on leaving. You haven't given notice. Can they replace you? Our AOL Jobs employment expert answers this reader question. Read More »

Can I Be Fired For Piercings That Were Okay Until They Changed The Dress Code?

Can I Be Fired For Piercings That Were Okay Until They Changed The Dress Code?

Can an employer change appearance rules after you are hired?

Your appearance was fine until your employer changed the dress code. Now it isn't. Is that legal? Our employment law expert answers this reader question. Read More »

Can I Be Fired For Something My Spouse Did?

Can I Be Fired For Something My Spouse Did?

Can my employer hold me guilty by association at work?

Your spouse screws up at work. The boss is mad. Can you be fired? Are you guilty by association? Our employment law expert answers this reader question. Read More »

Are 9 Sexual Harassment Cases And A Naked Dancing Video Cause For Firing? Maybe Not

Are 9 Sexual Harassment Cases And A Naked Dancing Video Cause For Firing? Maybe Not

Dov Charney’s Firing From American Apparel May Not Be For Cause

American Apparel's CEO was ousted last week. Was his naked dancing video behind the firing? His 9 sexual harassment cases? Or something even dirtier? Read More »

Do I Have Workplace Rights If I Work In An Indian Casino?

Do I Have Workplace Rights If I Work In An Indian Casino?

Working for a Native American tribe has unique aspects

Working for a tribe can be lucrative, but do you have any rights under employment laws? Our resident employment law expert answers this reader question. Read More »

How Do I Prove Sexual Harassment?

How Do I Prove Sexual Harassment?

8 steps you can take if you are being sexually harassed at work

If you're being sexually harassed at work, it may be your word against the harasser's. Our employment law expert tells you how to prove sexual harassment. Read More »

Can My Employer Ban Me From Speaking Spanish To Co-Workers?

Can My Employer Ban Me From Speaking Spanish To Co-Workers?

Are English-only workplace policies legal?

An AOL Jobs reader is ordered to stop speaking Spanish to her coworker. Are English-only workplace rules legal? Our resident employment law expert explains. Read More »

What Every Teen Needs To Know About Getting Paid At Work

What Every Teen Needs To Know About Getting Paid At Work

On wages, hours, unpaid Internships and breaks

Getting paid (or getting a learning experience) are the reasons you took that summer job or internship, right? Learn about how to get paid, hours and breaks Read More »

9 Things Every Teen Should Know About Workplace Rights

9 Things Every Teen Should Know About Workplace Rights

New to the world of work? Know your legal rights

If you're a teen or young adult entering the workplace, know your rights at work. Our resident employment law expert explains what laws protect you. Read More »

What Every Teen (And Parent) Needs To Know About Sexual Harassment At Work

What Every Teen (And Parent) Needs To Know About Sexual Harassment At Work

Workplace lessons high schools and colleges don't teach

If you're entering the workplace this summer (or are a parent of someone who is) then you must learn about sexual harassment. Here's what you need to know. Read More »

AOL Jobs Readers Change The World! ObamaCare COBRA Gap Fixed

AOL Jobs Readers Change The World! ObamaCare COBRA Gap Fixed

Affordable Care Act gap got attention, with help from you!

Who says you can't change the world? Not AOL Jobs' readers or our resident employment law expert. With your help, we got a gap in ObamaCare fixed. Read More »

Who Do I Complain To About Discrimination If I'm HR?

Who Do I Complain To About Discrimination If I'm HR?

What an illegally harassed human resources professional can do

If you're harassed at work, you're supposed to report it to HR. But what if you're HR? Our employment expert advises what to do when HR is the victim. Read More »

Can My Employer Tell Me Where To Live?

Can My Employer Tell Me Where To Live?

Is discrimination based on where you live illegal?

An AOL Jobs reader asks whether a boss can make her daughter move closer after 2years of commuting. Our resident employment law expert explains her rights. Read More »

Can An Employer Discriminate Against Me Because I Smoke?

Can An Employer Discriminate Against Me Because I Smoke?

In 21 states discrimination against smokers is legal

While many states ban discrimination against smokers, 21 states still permit employers to invade employee privacy. What are your rights in your state? Read More »

The Little-Known Obamacare COBRA Catch-22

The Little-Known Obamacare COBRA Catch-22

Let's tell President Obama to close the gap

AOL Jobs employment law expert uncovers a huge gap in ObamaCare for workers who lose their jobs after open enrollment, and tells you what you can do about it. Read More »

Does My Employer Have To Pay Earned Sick And Vacation Time When I Leave?

Does My Employer Have To Pay Earned Sick And Vacation Time When I Leave?

Can employers make retroactive changes to PTO policies?

Are your vacation and sick pay earned benefits? Do you have rights if your employer changes PTO policies? AOL Jobs employment law expert Donna Ballman explains. Read More »

Why Legal Marijuana Use Can Get You Fired

Why Legal Marijuana Use Can Get You Fired

State laws don't protect users from workplace discrimination

Although marijuana use is legal in some states, workers are still getting fired. What gives? AOL Jobs employment law expert Donna Ballman explains Read More »

Help! My Boss Is An Abusive Jerk

Help! My Boss Is An Abusive Jerk

AOL reader questions asked and answered about boss problems

If your boss is abusive, do you have any options? While workplace bullying isn't illegal, you may have some legal claims if you're in a hostile work environment Read More »

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