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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I Was Late For Work With No Excuse And Was Fired And Now I Want To Sue

I Was Late For Work With No Excuse And Was Fired And Now I Want To Sue

Can getting fired for lateness ever be illegal?

So you're late to work and get fired. You want to sue. Do you have a case? AOL Jobs employment law expert Donna Ballman answers this reader question. Read More »

What Can I Do About Sexual Harassment At A Small Company?

What Can I Do About Sexual Harassment At A Small Company?

If the company has fewer than 15 employees, you have fewer rights

If you're sexually harassed at a small company, you aren't trapped. AOL Jobs employment attorney Donna Ballman discusses your options. Read More »

Ask Donna: Answers to AOL Jobs Reader Questions On Wages and Overtime

Ask Donna: Answers to AOL Jobs Reader Questions On Wages and Overtime

Can my boss clock me out if I work through lunch?

Our resident employment attorney answers reader questions about being paid if you work through lunch and if religious employees are covered by overtime laws. Read More »

Am I Being Targeted For Layoff Due To My Age?

Am I Being Targeted For Layoff Due To My Age?

4 ways to prove age discrimination

How can you tell if your age is the reason you were targeted for a layoff? There are many ways companies discriminate and it is illegal. Knowledge is power. Read More »

Lunchtime Live! Meet the Worker Advocate [REPLAY]

Lunchtime Live! Meet the Worker Advocate [REPLAY]

Return to this page on Thursday at 12:30 ET to tune in

Donna Ballman, AOL Jobs resident employee advocate, answers your most frequently asked questions about employment matters during Jobs Week. Read More »

Do I Have To Disclose My Medical Condition To A Potential Employer?

Do I Have To Disclose My Medical Condition To A Potential Employer?

What an employer can and can't ask about your disability in an interview

If you have a disability, you should know your rights before you go into a job interview. Here's what you need to know about disability discrimination in hiring. Read More »

If My Office Is Closed For Snow, Do I Get Paid?

If My Office Is Closed For Snow, Do I Get Paid?

You might be entitled to pay for snow closings

If your office is closed for the polar vortex or other weather emergency, does your employer have to pay? It depends. Find out here if you're entitled to pay. Read More »

Are You One Cold (Or Super Bowl Flu) Away From Being Fired?

Are You One Cold (Or Super Bowl Flu) Away From Being Fired?

Does a doctor's note protect you from dismissal for absence?

Think you can't be fired for being out sick if you have a doctor's note? You may be surprised how little legal protection you have. Here are your rights. Read More »

Help! My Employer Is Making Me Work Overtime Off The Books. What Do I Do?

Help! My Employer Is Making Me Work Overtime Off The Books. What Do I Do?

Five options you have if your employer is stealing your wages

If your employer is making you work off books and failing to pay overtime, they're stealing your wages. What can you do? Here are five options. Read More »

9 Ways A DUI Will Destroy Your Career

9 Ways A DUI Will Destroy Your Career

The devastating effects drunk driving will have on your job

If you're arrested for DUI, it can cost you your job. Here's how a DUI will affect you at work and what to do if you're stopped by police after drinking. Read More »

Does Your Religion Excuse Homophobic, Racist or Sexist Behavior At Work?

Does Your Religion Excuse Homophobic, Racist or Sexist Behavior At Work?

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson not protected by Title VII

If you have religious beliefs about homosexuality, women working or slavery, can you express that at work? Are you protected against religious discrimination? Read More »

Still No Free Speech At Work: Response To Your Comments on Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty

Still No Free Speech At Work: Response To Your Comments on Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty

Despite reader skepticism, First Amendment does not protect employees

When AOL's employment law expert said Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson wasn't protected by the 1st Amendment, you were skeptical. Here's why you shouldn't be. Read More »

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Surviving Doesn't Mean You Can Say Anything At Work

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Surviving Doesn't Mean You Can Say Anything At Work

First Amendment has no power in the workplace

Phil Robertson survived the brouhaha over his public anti-gay and racist comments. Would you? There's no freedom of speech protection at work. Read More »

Is My Noncompete Agreement Enforceable If I Move Out Of State?

Is My Noncompete Agreement Enforceable If I Move Out Of State?

Review noncompete obligations carefully before leaving

If you're getting ready to leave your employer and move out of state, are you bound by your noncompete agreement? Here's what you need to know before you move Read More »

What We Read: 5 Books That Changed My Life

AOL's employment law expert shares books that influenced her

AOL asked our resident employment law expert which books influenced her work and life the most. Read More »

Is My Noncompete Enforceable If I'm Fired Without Cause?

Is My Noncompete Enforceable If I'm Fired Without Cause?

Don't assume your non-competition obligations end when you're fired

If you think employers can't enforce noncompete agreements if you are fired without cause, think again. Here are some ways you may be able to escape. Read More »

Can My Employer Make Me Socialize With Co-Workers?

Can My Employer Make Me Socialize With Co-Workers?

Whether you say yes or no to office events, here are your legal rights

It's that time of year when employees are asked to attend events with co-workers. Do you have to? Your legal rights if you say yes or no to office socializing Read More »

Can My Employer Trash Me In References?

Can My Employer Trash Me In References?

6 things you need to know about job references

Think your former employer can't trash you in job references? Think again. What you need to know about references, and how to find out what they're saying. Read More »

Can I Secretly Record a Conversation at Work?

Can I Secretly Record a Conversation at Work?

It could land you in jail, so here's what you need to consider first

Record a conversation at work? You may or may not have committed a crime. Here's what you need to know before you press the record button. Read More »

HR Wants To Meet! What Do I Do?

HR Wants To Meet! What Do I Do?

How to prepare when you get the call to meet with HR

You get the call or the email and your heart sinks. HR wants to meet with you. Don't panic! Here's how to prepare for that dreaded meeting with HR. Read More »

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