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TV host says he was fired for reporting the harassment of others

Anyone who's enduring sexual harassment, abuse or discrimination in the workplace hopes that colleagues who witness this behavior will support them as they report it or that they'll take the initiative to report it themselves. Unfortunately, when people take these actions in support of co-workers, they may find themselves facing illegal retaliation, including the loss of their jobs.

Man claims he was fired because he stopped going to Bible study

Can an employer impose their religious beliefs on their employees? Most people would assume that unless they work for a church or an organization affiliated with a particular religion, their own religious beliefs (or lack of them) are irrelevant.

Can employees make surreptitious recordings in the workplace?

Our readers who follow the daily political drama in the nation's capital, have likely seen former White House aide and reality show star Omarosa Manigault Newman on the political talk show circuit discussing her time in the White House and sharing tapes that she surreptitiously made during and after her firing from her position with the Trump administration. One of these is an audio tape of John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, dismissing her from her position.

Arizona age discrimination case to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court

When the U.S. Supreme Court returns to work the first Monday in October, one of the cases on its docket will involve a discrimination suit that originated in a small fire district here in Arizona. Two men sued the Mount Lemmon Fire District, claiming that they were terminated because of their age.

Were you the victim of 'constructive discharge?'

Employees who are the victims of something called "constructive discharge" may not even realize it. Sometimes referred to as "constructive termination" or "corrective dismissal," it's when an employer intentionally makes working conditions so unbearable for an employee that he or she has no alternative but to quit.

Arizona state employee terminated while battling cancer

The termination of an Arizona State Parks & Trails (ASPT) employee while she taking time away from her job under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has come under media scrutiny. The woman, who has eye cancer, has also been taking care of her elderly mother who suffers from dementia.

Does your employer have the right to demote you?

You likely know that it's illegal to terminate people's employment due to their race, religion, gender, disability and other protected statuses. You also can't be fired as retaliation for reporting illegal activities or sexual harassment in the workplace. However, it's also illegal to demote an employee for any of those reasons.

State employee claims wrongful termination

A former employee of Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) is claiming that he was forced to resign or else face termination after he began asking questions about several contracts the ADOA pushed. According to his claims, the employee suspected that some of the contracts featured inappropriate arrangements between the ADOA and various parties. While he did submit a resignation letter reading simply "I resign effective today," he now asserts that he is a whistleblower, and that his exit from the department was involuntary.

Elements of wrongful termination

Whenever an employer lets you go, it feel frustrating and scary, or may even feel as though you were terminated unfairly. If your termination brings up a strong emotional response, it is not always easy to clarify in the moment whether your employer fired you fairly or not. However, once the sting of the termination has some time to mellow, it is wise to carefully examine the circumstances of your firing. You may find that it does include one or more element of a wrongful termination, and may have grounds to pursue legal action against your former employer.