Employment Law

Union Pacific Ordered To Reinstate Worker Fired After Reporting Injury

Union Pacific Ordered To Reinstate Worker Fired After Reporting Injury

Railroad company to pay $85,000 in damages

Union Pacific Co. has been ordered to reinstate an employee who, in violation of whistleblower protection laws, was fired after reporting an injury. 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 »

France: Bosses Banned From Emailing Employees After 6PM

France: Bosses Banned From Emailing Employees After 6PM

Country says "Non!" to after hours work

French workers in the IT sector won't have to worry about their bosses bugging them after 6pm, as a new Trade Union deal bans after-hours emails. Read More »

Obama To Sign Gender Pay Gap Orders, But Equal Pay Stays Elusive

Obama To Sign Gender Pay Gap Orders, But Equal Pay Stays Elusive

Only federal contractors are affected

President Obama will sign two gender pay equality-related executive orders, but big gaps will remain as women make significantly less than men in equal jobs. 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 »

Can My Boss Do That?

Can My Boss Do That?

Questions you've likely considered

Maybe you've witness your boss do something that seems unfair to you or a co-worker, and wondered, "Can they really do that?" Read More »

Update: McDonald's Managers Admit They Stole Employee Wages

Update: McDonald's Managers Admit They Stole Employee Wages

Managers added unpaid breaks to time sheets

In the wake of allegations that McDonald's has been stealing employee wages, two former managers have come forward to confirm some of the shady practices. 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 »

Owners of 23 Domino's Pizzerias Agree To Pay Back Workers

Owners of 23 Domino's Pizzerias Agree To Pay Back Workers

Wage case brought by NY attorney general settled

The owners of 23 Domino's pizza franchises in New York will pay $448,000 to minimum wage workers who were underpaid, according to the state attorney general. 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 »

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 »

Playboy Must Pay $6 Million to Whistleblower Who Refused to Embezzle Staff Bonuses

Playboy Must Pay $6 Million to Whistleblower Who Refused to Embezzle Staff Bonuses

30-year employee also alleged age discrimination victim

Former accounting executive Catherine Zulfer is receiving what may be the largest payout ever under a 2002 whistleblower protection law. 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 »

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