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At-will employees: when your boss isn’t allowed to fire you

“At-will employment” means that an employer may fire an employee at their own discretion and for virtually any reason. The termination can be without warning, and the employer is not required by law to pay severance to the employee.

Can healthcare professionals be required to get a flu shot?

In a previous post, we discussed whether an employer has the right to force their employees to get a flu shot. The answer, in short, is that an employer may enforce a flu shot policy, but employees have the right to opt out of getting a flu shot if:

Texas firefighter fights back against racial discrimination

Many of us have made the three-hour trek west from Houston to get to Austin, one of the best music cities in America. But a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Austin fire cadet might have the capital of Texas singing the blues.

Gender inequalities statistics in the workplace

The gender gap in pay between women and men is well documented. Despite continued attention to the problem, the data says there is still a long way to go. In a recent report by the World Economic Forum, it says that it would take one hundred sixty-eight years to even the field at the current rate, as the Boston Globe reports.

Spotify accused of pervasive gender discrimination

Last week, the music streaming service Spotify came under attack, with allegations of systematic gender discrimination within the company’s U.S. sales team. The plaintiff, Hong Perez, was a sales executive at Spotify. She has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of New York, alleging gender discriminatory behavior by numerous high-ranking executives within the organization.

Can I be fired for what I say on my social media accounts?

Different laws control the relationships between employers and employees. They exist at local, state and federal levels and have built up over many years. Meantime, the ways in which we engage with each other is changing all the time, with social media platforms being the most recent.

Doctors and nurses with disabilities fighting discrimination

There's a line in the Bible that reads, "Physician, heal thyself." Friedrich Nietzsche took it a bit further by adding: "then wilt though also heal thy patient." The context in which the advice was offered is understood to apply to looking out for the well-being of your neighbor. That is, you can't adequately look out for others if you don't first look out for yourself.

Are you entitled to protections as an undocumented worker?

We’ve written at length in previous posts about the legal protections workers have from discriminatory treatment based on race, gender, religion or other personal traits. However, many undocumented workers must contend with such treatment—including unfairly low or lost wages, harassment and other labor law violations in the workplace—and they’re too afraid of potential repercussions to speak out.

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