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January 2018 Archives

Wrongful termination and contract violations

When an employer terminates you, it may seem as though you have no recourse, especially if the firing does not involve discrimination or retaliation that you can easily identify. However, if you have an employment contract, it is wise to review it to make sure that your termination is valid.

Scottsdale asks for state-level LGBT protections

City officials in Scottsdale recently sent a letter to state-level lawmakers asking them to establish state-wide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and individuals throughout Arizona. This stands in contrast with past actions of the city, which previously rejected a local LGBT protection ordinance.

Be careful, nurses. HIPAA rules are strict.

As a medical professional, you are well aware of the importance of maintaining the privacy of your patients. In fact, confidentiality is such a critical part of patient care that there are federal laws that regulate the storage, access and transmission of patient records. Most of those regulations are found in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Private prison company settles sexual harassment suit

Justice is always sweet, but it is all the more so when it addresses wrongs committed adjacent to the justice system itself. A major player in the Arizona private prison system recently agreed to a sizable settlement and additional enforcement of anti-sexual harassement measures in a suit brought by 16 former guards.

#youtoo? What should you do?

From #metoo to "Time's Up," recent events in Hollywood and among government officials have brought the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront. While glamorous celebrities have set up a platform for the cause, their efforts may have little effect on your daily struggle, and you may wonder how to stand up for yourself and other women -- and how to put a stop to harassment and hostility in Arizona workplaces.

Are you ready to stand up to racial discrimination at work?

The recent uproar in Hollywood and elsewhere over sexual misconduct shines a spotlight on all kinds of discrimination and misconduct in the workplace, creating a tide of momentum propelling others to speak out about many injustices in all areas of employment. While we would love to believe that other types of injustice are a thing of the past, like racial discrimination, this behavior is still alive and well in many workplaces around the country and the world.