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3 signs that your termination may have been wrongful

People who get fired are typically not happy with the decision. It is more likely that they will feel angry, betrayed, shocked and scared about their future. Of course, some terminations make more sense than others. For example, if a person consistently under-performs, repeatedly fails to show up or is otherwise inadequate in meeting job standards, a firing may be unsurprising.

However, when the firing doesn't seem to be in response to any type of poor performance or negative behaviors, people often wonder if they have been the victims of a wrongful termination. In order to determine if you may have been unlawfully fired, you should consider the following three signs of a wrongful termination.

Can you take your discrimination claim straight to court?

Not everyone likes his or her job. Maybe the hours are long, the work is difficult, the boss puts on a lot of pressure or the customers are demanding. There is a big difference between a stressful workplace and a hostile work environment. People who are forced to endure discrimination based on a protected class can seek compensation, whether it occurred once or repeatedly.

People who believe they have suffered discrimination may not know where to start. Do they talk to their boss? Do they go to a human resources department? Do they file a claim with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)? On the other hand, can they go straight to court with their claims?

3 different ways employees are sexually harassed at work

It should be well known that sexual harassment in the workplace is not tolerated. State and federal courts take very seriously claims that a person's rights have been violated, and it is critical for employers and employees to do the same.

However, this may be easier said than done. People may know that sexual harassment is wrong, but they may not know what, exactly, sexually harassing behaviors are. In this post we will look at specific examples of three different ways people can be harassed on the job, including physical, verbal and psychological harassment.

4 different options for resolving unpaid wage disputes

Unless someone is working in a volunteer capacity, workers expect and deserve to be paid in accordance with state and federal laws. This means they must be paid at least minimum wage in addition to being paid on time and properly compensated for any extra hours worked.

In the event that a worker is not paid appropriately, he or she has the option of taking action against an employer to collect unpaid wages. Many people feel very strongly about how they want to handle this situation: some want to get it resolved quickly and quietly while others want to take the case all the way to a trial. Whatever end of the spectrum you may be on if you are in this situation, you should understand your options.

Discrimination and social networks: New industry, old problems

It may be hard to remember what life was like before websites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were a regular part of our day. Today, hardly an afternoon goes by without people sharing something on a social network or browsing through the statuses and pictures of others.

However, social networking sites like these are relatively new. After all, Facebook was founded only about 10 years ago, and countless other social networking sites have emerged since then. This booming industry thrives on what is fresh and innovative, but it is also struggling with challenges that have affected workplaces across the country for decades, including discrimination.

Before signing an employment contract, know your rights

Many people would agree that speaking with an attorney before signing a legal document is a good idea. However, it is not uncommon for people to sign or agree to the terms of a contract without necessarily realizing that they may want to consult an attorney.

Some people may even feel a bit desensitized when it comes to contracts. After all, we are asked to agree to things all the time, from the conditions to download software to a multi-year commitment with a cable company. Because of this, people may not appreciate the serious nature of signing documents like an employment contract.

Employers: Know the exceptions to the at-will presumption

We have discussed the concept of at-will employment on this blog before and readers should know that most employment relationships fall into this category. Essentially, it means that the employer and employee are not required to have cause when terminating the relationship.

However, there are some critical exceptions to this rule. If employers are not aware of these exceptions, they could end up facing serious legal problems if an employee files a wrongful termination claim. In this post, we want to remind employers of a few of these exceptions.

How same-sex marriage laws impact workers' rights

Since 2013, same-sex couples have been able to be legally married in Maryland. This development in conjunction with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that declared parts of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional have resulted in an environment where gay and lesbian couples have more rights and protections than ever.

However, some companies have been slow to update their policies regarding LGBT workers and their rights as employees. One such issue that has arisen as a result is the potential for workers in same-sex marriages to face discrimination when trying to access benefits.

Maryland wage and hour laws many people may not be aware of

We often discuss wage and hours disputes or issues that affect employers and employees across Maryland in this blog. The most common topics that we discuss in this subject are those involving minimum wage compliance and unpaid overtime.

However, there are many other types of violations and rules in regards to what a person earns through employment. In this post, we will look at some wage and hour laws that set rules for issues with which people may be less familiar. Violations of any of these laws can lead to serious employment disputes that can prove to be quite costly.

Discriminatory practices prove to be quite costly for business

Discriminating against employees based on their gender, race, religion, age or disability can get an employer in some serious legal trouble. In some cases, employers may feel like they are not doing anything wrong or they are may argue that they were unaware that certain discriminatory acts were taking place. However, these claims can quickly come under fire if and when an employee files a lawsuit citing discrimination.

That appears to be the case for one company and seven former employees. Although the case was heard in another state, it can serve as a serious reminder to employers and employees all across Maryland that discrimination can prove to be a costly mistake.

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