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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ENDA (Banning Sexual Orientation Discrimination) Passes In Senate. What Will It Mean If It Becomes Law?

ENDA (Banning Sexual Orientation Discrimination) Passes In Senate. What Will It Mean If It Becomes Law?

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 »

How Do I Get Out Of My Noncompete Agreement?

How Do I Get Out Of My Noncompete Agreement?

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 »

7 Ways To Protect Yourself If Your Boss Is a Bully

7 Ways To Protect Yourself If Your Boss Is a Bully

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 »

5 Ways Your Workplace Bully May Be Breaking The Law

5 Ways Your Workplace Bully May Be Breaking The Law

'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 »

7 Ways to Prove Weight Discrimination

7 Ways to Prove Weight Discrimination

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 »

Should I Tell My Boss About My Mental Illness?

Should I Tell My Boss About My Mental Illness?

Why You Should No™t (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 »

Shutdown Doesn't Stop Employment Law Filing Deadlines

Shutdown Doesn't Stop Employment Law Filing Deadlines

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 »

10 New (And Legal) Ways Your Employer Is Spying On You

10 New (And Legal) Ways Your Employer Is Spying On You

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 »

How To Tell If Your Employer Is Spying On You

How To Tell If Your Employer Is Spying On You

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 »

8 Things To Do If You're Being Targeted For Age Discrimination

8 Things To Do If You're Being Targeted For Age Discrimination

You don't have to let yourself be a victim.

You don't have to let yourself be a victim. Read More »

6 Ways To Prove You're A Victim Of Age Discrimination

6 Ways To Prove You're A Victim Of Age Discrimination

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 »

Can An Employer Force You To Quit?

Can An Employer Force You To Quit?

5 things to think about before signing a forced resignation letter.

5 things to think about before signing a forced resignation letter. Read More »

Can Your Boss Read Your Email?

Can Your Boss Read Your Email?

What are your legal rights? Employment law expert Donna Ballman answers your questions. Read More »

Answering Emails After Hours? You May Be Entitled To Overtime

Answering Emails After Hours? You May Be Entitled To Overtime

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 »

Pre-Employment Medical Exams: A New, Scary Kind Of Discrimination

Pre-Employment Medical Exams: A New, Scary Kind Of Discrimination

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 »

Facebook Posts And Tweets That Can Get You Fired

Facebook Posts And Tweets That Can Get You Fired

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 »

Your Job Isn't What The Employer Promised: Is That Illegal?

Your Job Isn't What The Employer Promised: Is That Illegal?

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 »

Can You Be Fired For Calling In Sick -- Even With A Doctor's Note?

Can You Be Fired For Calling In Sick -- Even With A Doctor's Note?

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 »

7 Ways You Can Be Fired For Your Appearance -- Legally

7 Ways You Can Be Fired For Your Appearance -- Legally

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 »

Can Your Employer Demand Your Social Media Passwords?

Can Your Employer Demand Your Social Media Passwords?

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 »

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