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human resources

How is Human Resources Supposed to Handle Discrimination?

“Human resources is not your friend.” This has become a common adage in employment law, and it's important to know why people...


What Protections Do Whistleblowers Have?

By being a whistleblower, you are going against an entity larger than yourself. This can have profound effects on your job and...

mental health discrimination

Does the ADA Protect Against Mental Health Discrimination?

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, people with disabilities have had protections in...

retaliation examples

10 Ways Your Employer May Retaliate Against You

Workplace retaliation is the most common form of discrimination in the workplace, particularly in federal workplaces, as reported by the Equal Employment...

Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act

Everything You Need to Know About the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Beginning a family is an exciting and life-changing experience. However, the journey of pregnancy and raising a family in the United States...

religious actions

3 Religious Actions That Are Not Protected

Religious Freedom in the Workplace One’s religion is a protected characteristic under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but...

Age discrimination

The History of Age Discrimination in the Workplace

As we get older, we may find ourselves less capable of doing certain jobs, particularly those with physical labor. One would think...

reasonable accommodations

What to Do When a Reasonable Accommodation Request is Denied

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) gives workers the right to request a reasonable accommodation in their workplace. This means if your...

hostile work environment actions

Effects of a Hostile Work Environment

Few things are worse for an employee than dealing with a hostile work environment. If you have been the victim of a...

genetic information discrimination, genetic information nondiscrimination act

What is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act?

Genetic information discrimination in the workplace is not a commonly known form of discrimination. If you haven’t experienced it, you may not...

job applicant rights

What Rights and Protections Do Job Applicants Have?

Hunting for a new job can be a daunting and nerve-wracking experience. You put in all of this effort crafting a perfect...

Workplace Harassment Barrett & Farahany

Harassment vs Discrimination: What’s the Difference?

As employment law attorneys, we at Barrett & Farahany have witnessed firsthand the impact that workplace harassment and workplace discrimination can have...

employee vs. independent contractor

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Legal Distinctions and Implications

The difference between an employee and an independent contractor is more than semantics; it carries significant legal implications, especially in the realm...

whistleblower law

4 Protections Whistleblowers Have

Whistleblowers play a crucial role in holding large entities, such as multi-billion dollar corporations and the U.S. government, responsible for their wrongdoing....

illegal termination

5 Illegal Reasons to Terminate an Employee

At-will employment is a type of employment relationship in which the employer or employee can terminate their employment contract at any time,...


7 Illegal Actions Under the FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides many employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid,...

document employment discrimination

5 Ways To Document Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination is, unfortunately, still a common occurrence in today’s workplace. It can be found in subtle microaggressions and overt acts of...

workplace sexual harassment

Is Sexual Harassment Considered Gender Discrimination?

Many people may believe that sexual harassment automatically falls under the category of gender discrimination. However, certain factors determine whether or not...

advanced notice

Advanced Notice: When Should You Give It?

You’ve likely always been told to give two weeks' notice before quitting a job if you can. This gives your employer time...

second job

Can You Be Fired For Having a Second Job?

In today's economy, it is not uncommon for people to have multiple jobs. For many, a secondary job is how they can...

independent contractor

What is an Independent Contractor?

In today's workforce, it is becoming increasingly common for people to work as independent contractors rather than traditional salaried employees. This shift...

bereavement leave

Can You Be Fired For Taking Bereavement Leave?

Losing a loved one is never easy, and during these times of grief, the last thing you want to worry about is...

mandatory retirement age

Is a Mandatory Retirement Age Discriminatory?

When it comes to age discrimination, one of the most controversial topics that our law firm comes across is the issue of...

a wrongful termination

Proving Wrongful Termination: What Evidence Do You Need?

Everyone wants a steady, decent-paying job to ensure a secure and happy life. But sadly, the American workforce remains no stranger to...

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