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Arizona employees and medical marijuana

As greater numbers of states throughout the country continue to advance marijuana legalization efforts, employees often find themselves between a rock and a hard place, legally speaking. Here in Arizona, it seems as though it is only a matter of time before the drug receives some form of widespread legalization, as legislators regularly introduce legislation to that effect.. However, even in states where the drug is legal, employers may not treat employees who use the drug legally in a fair way.

Should I consider waiving my age discrimination rights?

Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), aging employees have protections against age discriminate in the workplace. Older employees are often some of the most vulnerable to unfair practices, especially as the business world continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace. Without these protections, workers may see themselves sidelined well before they can afford to retire.

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.

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.

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.

Responding to violations of your rights in the workplace

Creating a safe workplace for employees is one of the most important responsibilities of any employer. Unfortunately, far too many workplaces still allow unfair treatment or discrimination, placing an unfair burden on employees who suffer violations of their rights to stand up to unacceptable behavior in order to create safe work environments for all people.

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.