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Your behavior at the office holiday party can cost you your job

Holiday parties -- particularly when they're held at offsite venues -- are a way for businesses to thank their employees for all of their hard work during the year. They also provide a chance for employees to socialize with their colleagues in a festive, relaxed atmosphere.

Managers can lose their jobs if they retaliate

Retaliation is a serious issue that plagues many workplaces in the Scottsdale area and the rest of the country. Retaliation often leads to wrongful termination cases when an employee loses their job for speaking up about unethical or illegal practices at their place of employment, also known as blowing the whistle. It's not out of the question for managers to lose their jobs if they retaliate against an employee.

What makes a termination 'wrongful?'

Many people who get fired believe that the action was unfair. Whether it's illegal, which would make it "wrongful termination," is another matter. Approximately 150,000 Americans are wrongfully terminated annually in the United States. Arizona is an "at-will" state, which means that most employees can be terminated for just about any reason, as long as it's not illegal.

What should you do if you're being harassed in the workplace?

If you're being harassed at work, it may feel like you're alone. However, the law is supposed to protect you. Federal and state laws prohibit harassment of Arizona employees because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability and other characteristics.

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.