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Defending employees' rights in the workplace

Employees often believe their employers are the ones with absolutely all the power in any conflict, but this is not as true as it may feel. In many cases, employees have a great deal of power to object to the practices of an employer, especially if the employer is breaking the law or some noncriminal regulation.

Does your employer take workplace sexual harassment seriously?

The matter of sexual harassment in the workplace has taken center stage again in recent months, this time focused on sexual misconduct within the entertainment industry and the political world. However, sexual misconduct and harassment occur regularly in every area of employment, and we must take the fight against such behavior seriously.

National Parks under fire for discrimination in the workplace

The Grand Canyon National Park and many other National Parks throughout the country came under fire recently regarding allegations that many employees of the National Parks Service suffered harassment and discrimination on the job. Unfortunately, discrimination and prejudice can occur anywhere, even in places like the Park Service where one might not expect it.

Arizona tribes face criticism for harassment response

A recent report delivered by the U.S. Department of Interior suggests that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has fallen short of its duties responding to reports of sexual harassment in the workplace by individuals working within Colorado River Indian Tribes organizations. According to the report, the Bureau did not properly respond to the seriousness of these harassment allegations in the workplace.

Does my employer's insurance cover my pregnancy?

When you first receive the news that you are pregnant, you may experience a thousand feelings in a single, life-changing moment. Then later, the thoughts occur to you — how will my employer respond to my pregnancy? Will my employer's insurance cover me and my child all the way through to term? Health insurance through an employer is a great benefit, but now you're not entirely sure exactly what the coverages include.

Steps to take when you encounter workplace discrimination

Workplace discrimination continues to be a serious problem, despite the many advances we have made in employee protections over the years. It is never pleasant to experience or confront, and many employees do not know exactly how to respond when they encounter discrimination in the workplace. If you experience discrimination in the workplace, you have a duty and opportunity to make your workplace safer by standing up for your rights — but how exactly does an employee do this?

Health care providers under fire for treating employees unfairly

If you suffer from a medical condition that affects your ability to perform certain tasks, you may have some protections available through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC, among other things, files charges against employers who do not comply properly with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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.