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The basics of an employment contract

There are two "kinds" of employment, at-will, and contract. At-will employment means that either you or your employer can terminate the employment relationship, at any time, for any reason. While most employers will treat their employees as "at-will" most employers are also bound by an employment contract. This post will go over employment contracts and how one might affect you.

Whistleblowing: Don't blow it!

Medicaid patients sometimes pass through many different medical organizations, including ambulance companies, emergency services, doctors' offices and specialists. If you work in the health care industry, you likely understand the amount of paperwork and record-keeping necessary for each patient. Many times, the patient is not able to keep up with the claims procedures or understand the codes and terminology included on the forms.

What is Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful termination affects many American households everyday and causes damages that can often be tragic. Both the causes and effects of wrongful termination are terrible and are entirely avoidable. Wrongful termination, sometimes referred to as wrongful discharge, is a legal term which refers to a situation or occurrence in which an employee's employment is terminated by their boss or manager in a way or four reason that is in violation of employment law.

Three common myths associated with wrongful termination

A wrongful termination claim can arise in a multitude of situations. For instance, you can be wrongfully terminated as retaliation for reporting your company for environmental violations and you are wrongfully terminated if your employer fires you based on your race, sex, or creed. Even if your employer fires you in violation of an internal procedure, that could serve as grounds for a wrongful termination claim. With so much variation among wrongful termination claims, it is typical that some myths may arise. This post will go over each myth in turn and discuss how it is misleading.

Former fire chief files wrongful termination lawsuit

A former fire chief in Michigan has filed a lawsuit, claiming he was wrongfully terminated after he exposed the misuse of grant funds and also requested overtime pay for him and his crew. This wrongful termination and whistleblower lawsuit was filed in court at the end of February. The defendants in this case are Clay Township and several board members.

Common Types of Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination is a very unfortunate but also very real reality in workplaces across the United States. Workplace discrimination can come in a variety of different forms. However, no amount or type of workplace discrimination is ever okay or appropriate. Here are three common types of workplace discrimination:

What is a Whistleblower?

Despite a lot of negative connotations that exist about people speaking out against whistleblowers, they are a valuable part of the thread of the American workplace. Whistleblowers do a lot to help prevent crimes and protect potential victims of a variety of crimes commonly committed.

An overview of pregnant worker rights

People often misinterpret employee protections to mean that they are immune from termination or retaliation for the duration of their protection. But that isn’t true. A typical example is pregnant employees. You are probably aware that your boss cannot fire you because you are pregnant. But, your employer is entirely justified in terminating you for a different reason, even if you happen to be pregnant. This post will go over the difference and how you can protect your rights.

How Employment Disputes Can Strain Work Relationships

The provision of equal working conditions for each employee is an ingredient for success in any institution. With such a unique stipulation, workers can freely express their opinions on certain concepts with the sole intention of promoting creativity and innovation. However, not all occupations are fortunate to experience such an essential requirement. In such a situation, employment disputes can erupt at any time and adversely affect productive tasks at the workplace. To curb such cases, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has enforced critical laws aimed at protecting employees from employment discrimination.

How Wrongful Termination Can Affect You at the Workplace

As an employee, it is quite common to experience various challenges at the workplace. From spiteful colleagues to an ever-demanding boss, such challenges might derail any meaningful progress made. In the worst case scenario, an employer might fire you for engaging in altercations with your colleagues or even failing to obey standard orders. However, not all circumstances necessarily single you out as the victim. Known as wrongful termination, such situations mainly paint your colleagues or employer as the guilty party.

Crucial Tips to Solving Employment Disputes

Witnessing employment disputes has become a norm in recent years in various occupations. Whether such arguments stem from conflicts between co-workers or feuds between employees and their bosses, solving them cannot be emphasized enough. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been instituted to efficiently enforce statutes aimed at protecting workers from harassment or employment discrimination on various grounds. Most workplace disputes stem from gross discrimination by race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

Understanding Your Fundamental Rights as a Whistleblower

Whistleblower cases in the U.S have been on the rise in recent years. Based on suspicious conduct, an employee may take up the initiative to report an employer suspected of engaging in unlawful actions and consequently benefitting from them. Whistleblowers are brave people in most cases. After all, it takes an incredible amount of courage to expose an employer especially when they handpicked you for a highly sought post.

The effects of workplace discrimination

Despite progressive attempts at education across American workplaces, workplace discrimination remains a major problem plaguing American workers. Workplace discrimination presents itself in many different forms and occasions, but it is never okay, nor is it legal. The effects of workplace discrimination can be very sad, as well as, long lasting. What many offenders of workplace discrimination fail to realize, is that the effects of their abuse towards others can last for months or even years after the abuse has concluded.

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