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Have You Been Sexually Harassed?

Sexual harassment is illegal when it creates a hostile work environment or results in the victim being fired or demoted. A harasser could be anyone in the workplace, including a supervisor, a co-worker, or a customer. Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not formally list sexual harassment as a form of discrimination, Read More

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Whistleblowers Are Protected Under the Law!

You’ve suspected for a while that your employer at the construction site in downtown Atlanta was cutting some corners. The project is behind schedule and pressure is mounting on the company to get the building up to avoid penalties as specified in the terms of the original contract. To move things along more quickly, your Read More

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Transgender Sex Discrimination Case Decided by the 11th Circuit

In a federal discrimination lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of a transgender woman who was immediately fired from her state job after her employer learned of her intent to transition from male to female. Vandy Beth Glenn filed her claim after she was fired as a legislative Read More

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Elements of a Hostile Work Environment

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against employment discrimination. In particular, it protects against discrimination that unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Anyone in the workplace who contributes to the hostile work environment can commit this type of harassment, including management, Read More

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Blowing the Whistle on Misconduct and Facing the Consequences

Literally dozens of federal laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation for complaining to their employers, unions or government agencies about unsafe or unhealthful conditions on the workplace, violations of environment-protection laws, public safety hazards, and violations of federal laws regulating securities, banking and other financial services. In addition, Georgia’s False Claims Act — updated in July Read More

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For Employers: Avoiding Discrimination Lawsuits Based on Employee (Mis)Behavior

As the owner or manager of small or mid-sized business, you may feel that you have protected your business from the risk of avoidable workplace discrimination lawsuits simply by regulating your behavior and that of your management colleagues. You might keep scrupulous records of performance reviews, warnings to employees, and even base promotion and firing Read More

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Defining Discrimination: Have You Been a Victim?

Discrimination in the workplace can be so subtle that it may take a long time to realize what is happening to you. Perhaps someone makes comments about your age, gender, race or disability on a regular basis while smiling and claiming to only be kidding. In situations like these, it pays to trust your intuition. Read More

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Elements of a Hostile Work Environment

Work environments are different in every company because people have differing behaviors and management styles. Sometimes, these behaviors can make the work environment so uncomfortable for certain employees to the point of quitting because they fear going to work. When one or more employees are exposed to behaviors that are abusive or offensive, it is Read More

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