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July 2014 Archives

Are you covered by the FMLA?

It can be tough enough balancing work and family life, even when things are going well. But what happens when someone close to you falls ill or is severely injured? They may be unable to care for themselves, or need constant attention, but you still have to work. How can you convince your employer to give you the time off to care for your loved one in their time of need? In some cases, the Family Medical Leave Act may be the answer.

Indiana company allegedly discriminated against employees

According to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, there is probable cause to move forward with discrimination cases brought by two former employees of a Greenfield business. The former employees alleged that they were the subjects of race discrimination. The decision means that there is enough evidence to suggest that there was a violation of Indiana Civil Rights Law, and the case may proceed to either mediation or litigation.

Former city employee files claim after alleged retaliation

Being dismissed from your job is often an upsetting experience. But what if you were dismissed on unfair terms? Perhaps you were reporting an unethical practice or perhaps you simply refused to perform illegal duties. All too often, employees in Indiana have their positions terminated for challenging an unfair employer. Retaliation of this nature should not be tolerated and those responsible must be challenged.

New government guidelines seek to curb pregnancy discrimination

Indiana employees may be interested in changes to government guidelines dealing with employer discrimination against pregnant women. The new guidelines make clear the government's position that this type of discrimination is equivalent to others that have been deemed illegal and should be treated as such.

Twitter sued by former manager for age discrimination

Indiana residents may be interested in a case involving a 57-year-old man who claims in a lawsuit that he was terminated by Twitter in September of 2013 due to his age. According to the filing, the man was fired without warning, and he had received performance reviews that met or exceeded expectations. The suit also alleges that he had received at least one critical mark regarding his age from a supervisor.

Pregnancy discrimination case goes to Supreme Court

Indiana residents may be interested to learn that the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to tackle a pregnancy discrimination case involving an employer that required a pregnant employee to take an unpaid leave of absence rather than granting her restricted duty. The Court is reviewing whether it is unlawful discrimination for an employer to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for a pregnant employee if accommodations would have been made for a non-pregnant employee in similar circumstances.

County administrator continues battle over dismissal

Indiana is an employment-at-will state. Because of this, many employees can be fired for almost any reason. However, this does not mean that you have no right to contest such a decision if you feel it was unfair or in breach of your statutory rights. Wrongful termination is not something to be taken lightly as it can have a serious impact on your day to day life. It is important to challenge such decisions, although it can sometimes be a long and difficult process.

Probation officer names wrong defendant

A former Indiana chief probation officer found his lawsuit for wrongful termination stymied when a federal judge ruled that the claim had named the wrong defendant. The judge based his dismissal on the fact that probation officers serve, in effect, as employees of state and not county courts.

Tinder faces sexual harassment suit

Indiana users of the popular dating app Tinder may be surprised to learn that the company is facing a lawsuit filed by the company's former marketing vice president. The vice president claims that a co-founder of the company, who is Tinder's marketing chief, took away her co-founder title, suggesting that the woman's age and gender affected the company's image. In addition, she alleges that the man sent her several private messages with inappropriate content and that he called her a "whore" in front of the company's CEO. She alleges that, when she complained of harassment, she was made to leave Tinder.

Indiana veterans struggle against employment discrimination

Discrimination within the workplace is unacceptable, whoever its target may be. However, some workers come up against unfair prejudices before they are even hired. Even if they are fully qualified and capable, their applications may be declined simply because of their age, race, sexual preference or any number of other characteristics. In Indiana, efforts are being made to reduce the hiring discrimination against veterans.

Indiana company sued for underpaying workers in Afghanistan

A radiologic technician who was stationed with U.S. troops overseas has filed a lawsuit in Indiana against her employer. Onsite Occupational Health and Safety Inc. has been accused of omitting overtime when paying its medical workers in Afghanistan. In a statement to the Associated Press, an OHS human resources executive said that he believes the company has paid the plaintiff and its other employees properly.

Employee claims retaliation in race discrimination case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Court, which covers Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois, made a recent decision regarding a food-services employee who worked for a hospital and claims that she was the victim of racial discrimination. At the heart of the wrongful termination suit is the need for employers to retain accurate records regarding work hours and employment policies.

Indiana police officer in retaliation case

If you suspect your employer is engaging in wrongful conduct, you have the right to stand up to them and report them. Unfortunately, many workers are afraid to do this as they fear retaliation from their employer. However, retaliation itself is wrongful conduct and should not be tolerated.

Restricting non-compete agreements

Employment contracts in Indiana and across the nation sometimes include clauses that prevent a person from working for a competitor for 12 to 24 months after their employment with the current company ends. In the past, non-compete agreements mainly applied to the top brass at a company. But recently, many more companies are placing a stranglehold on workers to keep them from running out the door to competitors for as long as two years after they leave. Just some of the affected businesses can include hair stylists, tutoring companies and some types of sales. A woman noted that when she left the tutoring company, she was told that she did not even have the right to seek private clients.

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