Whistleblowers serve an important role in bringing the illegal actions of managers, executives, and companies to light. Without whistleblowers, many of the types of fraud and other wrongdoing by companies may go undiscovered. Unfortunately, blowing the whistle can result in serious consequences. Whistleblowers are frequently targeted for retaliation by their employers. The retaliatory actions may
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, eligible employees can take 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to handle their serious medical problems or to care for the conditions of their family members. If you take approved FMLA leave, you should be allowed to return to your job without consequences. While FMLA leave
People who are injured while they are working are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits come from insurance that employers are mandated to carry as a protection for their employees. Workers’ compensation benefits pay for the medical expenses that relate to the workers’ injuries and a portion of their income losses if they
Workplace intimidation can make workplaces very toxic to employees. When employers or coworkers bully others or subject them to coercive actions, the victims may be left feeling that they have no other choice than to resign. Workplace intimidation or bullying is problematic for businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When bullying at work is pervasive,
If you are terminated from your job, it can be difficult to deal with and to understand. You might struggle with being fired despite knowing that your job might be in trouble. It can be even more painful if your boss fires you in an impersonal manner such as over the telephone. While it would
Workers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are protected under federal and state anti-discrimination laws. While you might understand that you are protected against harassment and discrimination based on your protected status, you might be unaware that these laws also protect you from retaliation. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler are able to review what has happened
If you are like most people, you probably understand that there are laws protecting you as an employee from harassment and discrimination. You might not know that the law also protects you from retaliation from your employer. The anti-retaliation laws protect you from your employer punishing you for complaining about discrimination or harassment in the
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of plaintiffs in Obergefell et al vs. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al, (No. 14-556), allowing same sex couples to marry in every state. The landmark decision, authored by Justice Kennedy, held that the plaintiffs, who were seeking “equal dignity in the eyes
Sexual harassment is a specific type of workplace discrimination based on sex . It includes: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in which submission to or rejection of such conduct explicitly or implicitly affects and individual’s work or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) conference highlighting employment discrimination due to national origin was held in Washington, D.C. on November 13, 2013.
Discrimination on the basis of national origin is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This protection can be broadly applied not only to discrimination resulting merely from a persons place of birth or ancestry. Also applicable would be discrimination on the basis of cultural or linguistic characteristic, such as accents and clothing. The law thus protects, for example, an Indian man’s right to wear a turban, or a Czech’s heavy accent.