Employment Law Blogs | Barrett & Farahany

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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...

hostile work environment

What Actions and Behaviors Contribute to a Hostile Work Environment?

While free speech in the United States allows protection from the government when expressing certain thoughts and opinions, this does not extend...

Steps for Wrongful Termination

Steps to Take if You Believe You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated

It’s considered wrongful termination when an employee is unlawfully dismissed from their job. In the United States, most employees fall under the...

being furloughed

What Does it Mean to Be Furloughed?

Being furloughed isn’t unheard of, but it’s not as common as being fired or laid off. When a company is on hard...

laid-off vs. fired

Laid Off vs. Fired: What’s the Difference?

Whether you’ve been laid off or fired, losing your job is not a fun experience. However, contrary to popular belief, these two...

workplace retaliation

How to Recognize and Combat Workplace Retaliation

Workplace retaliation isn’t always obvious. Sometimes it's small, subtle, and done in such a way that you don’t realize it is happening....

workplace safety regulations

Workplace Safety Regulations: What Employees Need to Know

At Barrett & Farahany, we understand that workplace safety is an important issue that, when not treated with the utmost care, can...

remote work harassment

Does Remote Work Protect You From Workplace Harassment?

The transition to a hybrid office/remote workplace has brought new challenges with it, many of which are related to workplace harassment. As...

alternative dispute resolution

All Types of Alternative Dispute Resolution

When it comes to disputes between employees and employers, there are a variety of ways to reach a settlement without going to...

non-recruitment covenants

What are Employee Non-Recruitment Covenants?

Recently, in the case of North American Senior Benefits, LLC v. Wimmer, two insurance agents left their original employer and started up...

signs of workplace discrimination

7 Signs of Workplace Discrimination You Should Look Out For

When people think of discrimination, they often think of someone being subjected to something overt, like hate symbols, slurs, and hate crimes....

Small business employee at work.

Small Business vs. Large Corporation: How Does Employment Law Differ?

Many people work for small businesses rather than large corporations, but that doesn’t make them immune to workplace issues. Many people working...

basics of arbitration

Understanding the Basics of Arbitration

Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution in the United States. From a certain point of view, it can offer a quick way...

religious acts in the workplace

What Religious Acts Are Protected in the Workplace?

Religious freedom is incredibly important to the people of this country. For many, this includes being able to practice their religious beliefs...

unconscious bias

The Impact of Unconscious Bias on the Workplace

At Barrett & Farahany, we often talk about the effects of workplace discrimination and its many different forms, but one that is...

wrongful termination damages

Damages in a Wrongful Termination Case

Wrongful termination can have severe financial and emotional consequences for workers. In a wrongful termination case, an employee can seek damages for...

overtime discrimination

Overtime Discrimination: Unveiling Gender and Racial Disparities

Most U.S. employers are required to pay their eligible employees overtime pay. But that may not always be the case. Overtime discrimination...

workplace harassment complaint

Filing a Workplace Harassment Complaint: Step-by-Step Guide

How do you place a workplace harassment complaint? Find out in this blog with the help of our qualified workplace harassment lawyers.

How Does At-Will Employment Work?

How Does At-Will Employment Work?

At-will employment means that businesses can hire and fire people whenever they want. Businesses view this as a good thing because they can adjust their workforce whenever. It’s not as great for employees because it also means that often people don’t have job security. In fact, they can be let go without warning or cause. This can make it hard for people to prepare for the life ahead of them.

What is Quid Pro Quo Harassment?

What is Quid Pro Quo Harassment?

Quid pro quo is Latin for “this for that.” There is nothing inherently wrong with a quid pro quo agreement, so as long as it is between equals offering favors that are appropriate and non-threatening. For example, you can offer to trade assignments or trade schedules with co-workers if your employer allows it. It’s also not quid pro quo harassment if two people of equal position offer or trade one favor for a sexual favor. That situation is sexual harassment, not quid pro quo harassment.

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