What is employment law?

What is Employment Law?Employment law regulates employers’ treatment of employees.It says that employers can’t discriminate against employees because of race, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion or disability. It says that supervisors cannot sexually harass women at work. It says that employers must afford reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with physical or mental impairments. And it says that employers cannot retaliate against anyone for complaining about discrimination or standing up against discrimination or harassment at work. Employment law, in essence, is the law that imports our basic civil rights as Americans into our capitalist, corporate economy.Where would we be without the great civil rights laws? We’d be in a country like Russia, where employers can sexually harass employees with impunity, fire someone when he turns 50, refuse to hire someone in a wheelchair, or punish someone for opposing discrimination at work.Employment law broadly encompasses the areas of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, sex discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, race discrimination, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, age discrimination, medical leave, FMLA leave, status-based negative stereotypes, and retaliation. The employment laws create important rights that can be enforced in court and provide remedies such as damages for lost wages and benefits, emotional distress, attorney fees and...

Unfairly Fired: What Qualifies as Wrongful Termination?

The Great Resignation is a term used to describe the mass resignation of employees from their jobs. This is the nearly 3% of the American workforce that has chosen to leave their employment on their own accord.But you may be surprised to learn that there were an additional 1.4 million individuals who were either let go or laid off from their employment through no fault of their own.Every single day, people are terminated unfairly from their jobs and they face many obstacles to getting what is owed them. Most don't even try.What is a wrongful termination? How does the law handle wrongful termination? Is it difficult to prove you've been terminated wrongfully?No matter the circumstances, nobody ever wants to imagine getting terminated from their job and if you find yourself in this position, there are many things you should know that can help you.  What Is Wrongful Termination?Wrongful termination is a legal term referring to when an employer terminates the employment of a worker for a wrongful cause. This termination is deemed unlawful, unjustified or in violation of public policy.What qualifies as wrongful termination? In the simplest terms, the employer fired an employee for a reason that's considered illegal. There are several...

Legal Rights for Pregnant Workers under Federal Law

If you are pregnant, have been pregnant, or may become pregnant, and if your employer has 15 or more employees, you are protected against pregnancy-based discriminationand harassment at work under federal law. You may also have a legal right to work adjustments that will allow you to do your job without jeopardizing your health.1.  If my employer knows that I am pregnant or may become pregnant, could I get fired? Under the PDA, employers are not allowed to discriminate against you based on the fact that -◦you are pregnant; ◦you were pregnant; ◦you could become pregnant, or intend to become pregnant; ◦you have a medical condition that is related to pregnancy; or ◦you had an abortion, or are considering having an abortion.In general, this means that you cannot be fired, rejected for a job or promotion, given lesser assignments, or forced to take leave for any of these reasons. An employer does not have to keep you in a job that you are unable to do or in which you would pose a significant safety risk for others in the workplace. However, your employer cannot remove you from your job or place you on leave because it believes that work would...