employment law

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Employees Are Getting Fired For Instagram Posts

Employees Are Getting Fired For Instagram Posts

You won't believe what people are posting on Instagram. 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 »

Transgender Teacher, Mark Krolikowski, Sues After Being Branded 'Worse Than Gay'

Transgender Teacher, Mark Krolikowski, Sues After Being Branded 'Worse Than Gay'

By Russell Goldman A transgender teacher is suing a New York City Catholic school after more than 30 years working there, claiming that it wrongfully terminated him for growing out his hair, painting his fingernails and being "worse than gay." In a lawsuit, Mark Krolikowski, 59, alleges that after 32 years... Read More »

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

Most workers have had times in their careers when they felt they weren't being treated fairly by their employer. But the question remains: Is it illegal, and if so, what can I do about it? As part of AOL Jobs' web video series, "Lunchtime Live," employment lawyer and AOL Jobs blogger Donna Ballman fielded... Read More »

Tara Tan, Standard Hotel Manager, Denied Maternity Leave, Gives Birth At Work, Lawsuit Claims

Tara Tan, Standard Hotel Manager, Denied Maternity Leave, Gives Birth At Work, Lawsuit Claims

By her own account, Tara Tan was a hard worker, pulling 80 to 100 hours a week as a manager at the upscale Standard hotel in New York City's trendy Meatpacking District. But when it came time for Tan to take time off to have her second child, she was denied maternity leave and forced to give birth to her... Read More »

Feds Cut Way Back On Probes Of Worker Harassment, Discrimination Cases

Feds Cut Way Back On Probes Of Worker Harassment, Discrimination Cases

When it comes to enforcing the nation's labor laws, the agency responsible for investigating charges of discrimination and harassment has no shortage of work. Workers routinely file complaints with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which then investigates them and decides whether to bring suit against... Read More »

Trial Of Doctor James Mauti For Alleged Sexual Assault Of Worker Tears Apart Family

Trial Of Doctor James Mauti For Alleged Sexual Assault Of Worker Tears Apart Family

It's been nearly six years since sexual assault charges were first lodged against James Mauti, a sports-medicine physician in Springfield, N.J. His accuser is his former bookkeeper, who alleges that when she sought treatment for her back pain Mauti instead drugged and then molested her and took photos during... Read More »

Dollar General Accused Of Denying Promotion To Black Worker In Favor Of Whites

Dollar General Accused Of Denying Promotion To Black Worker In Favor Of Whites

About three years ago, Demetrice Hersey started working at a Dollar General store, first as a cashier then as a lead sales associate. Eager for more responsibility, the Mississippi resident applied to become an assistant store manager -- not once but three times. But Hersey was turned down each time that... Read More »

Ask A Lawyer: How Can I Get Paid For Overtime?

Ask A Lawyer: How Can I Get Paid For Overtime?

How can you get paid for all the hours you worked? Whether it's getting paid vacation days or lunch breaks, lots of AOL Jobs readers have concerns about this issue, so I'm going to answer three readers' questions in this column. Please note: I'm giving general answers based on federal law. Your state may have... Read More »

Report: Dodgy Dossiers Hurt Job-Seekers' Chances

Report: Dodgy Dossiers Hurt Job-Seekers' Chances

By Daniel Wagner WASHINGTON -- Thousands of U.S. job hunters are losing out because employers use faulty background-check data drawn from shoddy records, consumer advocates say in a new report. Those advocates want the government to make sure people know what information prospective employers see, so that... Read More »

Omaha OKs LGBT Worker Protections

Omaha OKs LGBT Worker Protections

After years of effort by the city's gay community, workers in Omaha, Neb., will soon be protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity, following a narrow vote Tuesday to approve such legislation. The win didn't come easy. Omaha's city council voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance, which... Read More »

Ready Mix Reportedly Settles Race-Bias Claims That Included Noose Display

Ready Mix Reportedly Settles Race-Bias Claims That Included Noose Display

A Southern supplier of concrete and cement products has reportedly agreed to pay $400,000 to seven black employees to settle federal charges that it discriminated against them by using racial epithets and displaying a noose at work sites in Alabama Black males employed at a Ready Mix USA plant in the... Read More »

Feds Sue Colorado Hampton Inn For Firing Non-Hispanic Workers

Feds Sue Colorado Hampton Inn For Firing Non-Hispanic Workers

The federal government is suing a Hampton Inn franchise in rural Colorado on behalf of at least three white and non-Hispanic employees who say that they were fired based on negative stereotypes, according to the lawsuit filed last week. The suit alleges that Century Shree Corp. and Century Rama Inc., owners... Read More »

Should Employers Be Required to Provide Paid Sick Leave?

Should Employers Be Required to Provide Paid Sick Leave?

Connecticut's passage of the nation's first statewide paid sick leave law has workers and business owners eyeing the trend to see its potential for adoption nationwide. In part, that's because Connecticut was the first state to pass a Family Medical Leave Act, which required employers to grant employees... Read More »

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