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Flagstaff's ballot challenge to minimum wage moves forward

Arizona's new higher minimum wage law continues to be a point of controversy, even among those who support raising the minimum wage. In Flagstaff, however, things are significantly more complicated, as the city recently voted to approve increasing the minimum wage on a more gradual schedule than the rest of the state. Furthermore, Flagstaff also chose to increase the minimum wage even more than the rest of the state, ultimately planning to reach $15.50 per hour in 2022.

How does the EEOC process work in Arizona?

State and federal laws protect employees and job applicants from discrimination. For example, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or a job applicant on the basis of his or her race, gender, pregnancy, age (40 or older), disability or membership in another legally protected class.

Is it legal to fire a person for participating in hate speech?

Recent events in the news have placed a renewed focus on the rights (or lack of rights) of individuals who choose to align themselves with certain political affiliations, such as white supremacy groups. These circumstances shed an important light on a very complicated area of law — the rights of a person to hold an opinion that others find offensive or even dangerous. The law makes it very clear in the first amendment that individuals of all beliefs have the right to free speech, but speaking freely often carries serious consequences.

Are you a victim of age discrimination at work?

After years or even decades on the job, some workers are suddenly finding themselves unemployed, laid off for reasons they may not completely understand. You may worry that this will happen to you. You may feel frustrated and confused if your work evaluations have been good until recently or you see others your age receiving termination notices even though the business doesn't seem to be falling on any hard times that would necessitate a layoff.

Not all non-competition agreements are enforceable

As an employee, you may get handed a non-competition agreement as part of your employment contract or as a component of a severance agreement after an employer lets you go. Non-competition agreements are common, and employees regularly overstep their bounds in the terms they place in these agreements. The reality of the matter is that just because an employer places certain terms in a non-competition agreement doesn't mean that the terms are actually legally sound or even enforceable.

Who is exempt from overtime pay?

Here in the United States, we often assume that overtime pay is a given for employees who choose to put in more than 40 hours per week. However, under the law, overtime pay is generally only guaranteed to lower wage earners, with exemptions that apply to many individuals who may work well over the standard 40 hours per work week.

Know how to recognize workplace retaliation

Did you recently file a report with human resources or your supervisor complaining of sexual harassment on the job? Maybe you reported your boss for illegal practices. Perhaps you refused to condone unethical procedures or falsify company records. Chances are, if the behavior you complained about is company-wide, your whistleblowing did not go over well.