What ENDA will (and won't) do if signed into law
Now that the Senate passed ENDA, prohibiting discrimination due to sexual orientation, what can we expect? Here's what ENDA will do (and what it won't do) Read More »
Top 7 ways to overcome non-competitive restrictions
Many employers impose non-competition restrictions on employees. How do you get out of your noncompete agreement? Here are 7 ways to overcome your noncompete. Read More »
Steps you can take to stop being a victim of workplace bullying
Is your boss a bully? While workplace bullying isn't illegal, you can take steps to protect yourself and not be a victim. Read More »
'Used and abused' asks what a small staff can do
While workplace bullying is not illegal, bullies may cross the line into illegal behavior. Here are five ways your workplace bully might be breaking the law. Read More »
Obesity may be an official disease, but how do you prove discrimination?
The American Medical Association has declared obesity to be a disease. Will this help the overweight bring weight discrimination claims against their employers? Here are 7 ways you can prove illegal weight discrimination. Read More »
Why You Should Not (And Three Times You Should)
A reader says everything changed at work once she disclosed her PTSD to her boss. When should you disclose a mental illness to your employer? How do you prove discrimination? Read More »
How to file when computers are down
If you have a deadline up for a discrimination or unfair labor practices claim against your employer, the shutdown doesn't give you an extension. Here's what to do. Read More »
The right to privacy is fast vanishing.
Think you have a right to privacy at work? Think again. Electronic monitoring is just one of the ways the employer is watching you. Read More »
11 signs that your employer is snooping.
Two-thirds of employers are spying on employees electronically. Others do it the old-fashioned way. Here are some telltale signs your employer is spying on you. Read More »
You don't have to let yourself be a victim.
You don't have to let yourself be a victim. Read More »
Practical ways to prove your suspicions.
It's one thing to suspect you're being demoted, fired or passed over because of your age. Here's how to prove it. Read More »
5 things to think about before signing a forced resignation letter.
5 things to think about before signing a forced resignation letter. Read More »
What are your legal rights? Employment law expert Donna Ballman answers your questions. Read More »
By Donna Ballman
What did we ever do before cell phones? Well, for one thing, we probably worked a lot less. In a recent study by The Pew Research Center, 62 percent of us have smartphones and 33 percent have tablets. In the past three years, we've gone from spending an average of 22 minutes per day on our... Read More »
The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act got lots of media attention when it first took effect in 2009, and then we didn't hear much about it. Until now, that is. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that it filed and settled its first lawsuit under GINA, and that it filed its... Read More »
In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board said an employer broke the law when it dismissed an employee who criticized it on Facebook and in an email, and who encouraged employees to unionize. The NLRB ordered the employer to reinstate the employee to his old job with back pay. The employee had... Read More »
I recently received this question from a reader.
Q: I was hired for a specific job with a specific job title. Months later, my employer changed my title without asking me and made me work in a role that I neither wanted nor was qualified for. I wouldn't have left my prior job for the newly changed job title.... Read More »
I recently received this question from a reader:
Q: I have missed about a week and half of work due to being really sick. I can barely talk and have no voice. Keep in mind here my job is a telesales rep. I call people all day. Are they legally able to fire me even though I have a doctor's note every day I... Read More »
You've almost certainly heard about the dentist who was so afraid that he couldn't resist sexually harassing his very attractive female employee that he fired her. The Iowa Supreme Court upheld the firing, saying that firing someone because they're too attractive didn't violate Iowa law. If you haven't heard... Read More »
You might remember in early 2012 the report of an employer who was demanding that applicants turn over social media passwords. Suddenly, employees came forward with similar stories, prompting Facebook to threaten suit against employers who violate user privacy. Since then, states have jumped into action.... Read More »