Kira Fonteneau, Author at Barrett & Farahany

Helping employees find justice in eleven states with offices in Illinois, Georgia, and Alabama.


What Types of Housing Discrimination are Illegal?

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 prohibit discrimination against renters on the basis of...


What are Tip Credits? Should I be Concerned About How my Employer Handles Them?

Under federal law and the laws of most states, employers are allowed to pay employees who earn tips an hourly rate that...


What to Do if You Were Exposed to The Coronavirus on The Job

Many states are now beginning to reopen businesses that were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What to do if you...


What Are Some of The Most Common Types of Workplace Discrimination?

Employment discrimination may include biased actions of the employer in preferential hiring, job assignment, promotion, wrongful termination, retaliation, compensation, and various forms...


How to Help Your Community During The COVID-19 Crisis

The people of Alabama are committed to helping the vulnerable segments of the population during the Covid-19 pandemic. How to help your...


Rentals & Housing Discrimination: What Kind of Housing Discrimination is Illegal in Alabama?

Under the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, housing discrimination is illegal if it is done based on one of the following:...


I Believe I was Not Hired Because of My Age, What Can I Do?

As the population gets older, age discrimination is becoming more common among employers.  There is no doubt that ageism is real, but...


Bullying in the Legal Workplace

Bullying has always been a major issue among school kids. And from old-fashioned schoolyard bullying to cyber-bullying, the topic of bullying in...


Are There Legal Reasons Why a Landlord Can Reject a Potential Tenant in Alabama?

Tenants (both prospective and current) are legally protected from various forms of discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act. Alabama does not...


Can I Be Forced to Participate in Tip Pooling?

The short answer is yes. Federal law does allow employers to require employees to participate in tip pooling, as long as the...


Sexual Harassment Part 6: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Workplace

In our series on sexual harassment in the workplace, we have looked at several industries that are different from one another but...


Sexual Harassment Part 5: Sexual Harassment in the White-Collar Workplace

Previously, we have discussed sexual harassment in the medical industry, hospitality industry, retail industry, and manufacturing industry. Today, we are not going...


New Federal Law Prohibits Tip-Pooling with Management for All Employers

In many professions, workers depend heavily on tips to earn a livable income. This is especially true in the hospitality industry, where...


Holding Governments Agencies Accountable for Race Discrimination

Each year, tens of thousands of racial discrimination complaints are filed against employers throughout the country. Under federal law, employers with 15...

Sexual Harassment Part 4 – Sexual Harassment in the Manufacturing Industry

Sexual Harassment Part 4 – Sexual Harassment in the Manufacturing Industry

In the first three articles in our series on sexual harassment in the workplace, we have looked at the medical industry, hospitality...


Forced Arbitration in Law Firms

For decades, most big law firms have required new attorneys and other employees who become part of the firm to sign a...


What are the Most Common Violations against Tip Earning Employees?

Waiters, waitresses, bartenders, delivery drivers, and many others in the hospitality industry depend on tips for their living. In fact, many tipped...


Sexual Harassment Part 2: Sexual Harassment in the Hospitality Industry

Last time, we talked about sexual harassment in the medical field and the dire need for reforms to give female health professionals...


Does the Family and Medical Leave Act apply to Members of the Military?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law enacted in 1993 designed to allow covered employees to take unpaid...


Alabama Housing Discrimination Lawyer

The Federal Fair Housing Act protects the rights of individuals to obtain access to housing without discrimination. Housing discrimination is also illegal...


HR Employees can be victims of Retaliation, Too

Many employees view Human Resources as the enemy, helping management to carry out unfair or discriminatory policies.  Did you know that Human...


5 Ways to Identify Age Discrimination in the Workplace

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) has been around since 1967. And while this law was a good step in protecting...


I Believe my Rights have been Violated in the Workplace – What Can I do About It?

Employees who face a difficult work environment are typically under a great deal of stress, and they often have a hard time...


Should I Stay or Should I Go? Resign or Wait For Termination

Most people who call our office are at their wit's end.  They think they a termination is coming, they are being harassed,...

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