Workplace Discrimination

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 »

Facebook Diversity Numbers Put It In The Tech Crowd

Facebook Diversity Numbers Put It In The Tech Crowd

Lots of white males in technical positions

Facebook, Google, and Yahoo have become symbols of a wider problem in high tech employment: It's largely white and male, particularly in leadership. Read More »

Obama Drafting Executive Order Targeting LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Obama Drafting Executive Order Targeting LGBT Workplace Discrimination

It's still legal to fire workers for being LGBT in 32 states

Amid growing impatience with Congress, President Obama has asked his staff to draft an executive order targeting LGBT discrimination in the workplace. Read More »

Victoria Wilcher's KFC Shunning Is Just The Start

Victoria Wilcher's KFC Shunning Is Just The Start

The truth about physical appearance and discrimination

The author recalls how extensive burn scars sustained as a child denied her opportunities throughout her career. 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 »

Is The Wage Gap Really Attributed To Gender?

Is The Wage Gap Really Attributed To Gender?

New Harvard research says yes

The wage gap is attributed to gender, not job type, according to new research from Harvard University. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Catholic Teacher Contract Specifies Banned Behavior

Catholic Teacher Contract Specifies Banned Behavior

Contact language may make it harder for wrongfully terminated teachers to sue

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati specifies some violations of Catholic doctrine, including abortion, artificial insemination and "homosexual lifestyles." Read More »

4 Tips for Giving Your Resume a Facelift

4 Tips for Giving Your Resume a Facelift

Anti-discrimination tactics for your resume

No reason to let people pre-judge you from your resume. Here are some practical easy ways to avoid putting a spotlight on your age or where you live. 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 »

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 »

This Weak Unemployment News - Help Americans Work

This Weak Unemployment News - Help Americans Work

It's time to get people who want to work back to work

One long-term unemployed citizen reflects on a meeting he attended of CEOs and the Obama administration at the White House. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Gay Tipping Outrage: Couple Calls It Hoax

Gay Tipping Outrage: Couple Calls It Hoax

Alleged customers come forward to say they tipped the waitress

A New Jersey waitress claimed that a family stiffed her because she was gay. But people claiming to be the customers say they did tip and the story is a hoax. 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 »

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