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March 2015 Archives

UPS discrimination case continues after Supreme Court ruling

New life came into a discrimination case against the United Parcel Service after a Supreme Court ruling that clarifies the legal protections for pregnant employees. UPS and other workers in Indiana might have heard that the company was being sued for not accommodating a pregnant employee. While the lower courts had agreed with the company, the Supreme Court justices are siding with the worker.

Filing a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Everyday in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, people are terminated by their employer. What may seem like a legitimate reason for being fired isn't always such. If you feel as though you have been wrongfully terminated, dismissed or fired, contact the Employment Law Office of John H. Haskin & Associates, LLC.

Twitter faces possible gender discrimination lawsuit

Ex-employees of Twitter in Indiana could potentially choose to join a new class-action lawsuit started by a woman who worked at Twitter as a software engineer. In her court filings, she accused the company of removing women from the promotion process by not making its job postings visible to all employees. She asked women employed by Twitter within the past three years to join the lawsuit if they had been overlooked for promotions.

Woman sues Facebook for harassment and discrimination

Indiana employees may be interested to learn that the major social network company Facebook was sued for workplace discrimination on March 16. According to the lawsuit, the employee plaintiff stated that she was harassed by her boss for taking one day off each month for volunteer work at her child's school, although such activity is reportedly supported by the company's policy.

How Do I Know I May Have a Case?

When you are hired for a job, you expect, and should receive, certain things. Respect and fair treatment are only a couple of required behaviors. Unfortunately, there are instances where you may be shunned or disrespected in the workplace without merit or prompting. This is why employees have found it necessary to pursue an employment law case in situations where their employer is guilty of either direct discrimination or for allowing discrimination.

A preventive approach is the best sexual harassment policy

Depending upon the industry, sexual harassment on the job gets reported by 25 to 70 percent of female employees. When it results in a lawsuit, the employer loses 70 percent of the time with an average payout of $200,000. Training is not mandated by federal law nor by Indiana state law, but proper training is both the best way to avoid having the problem to begin with and to minimize liability should it result in a lawsuit.

Discrimination risks in employee wellness programs

Indiana residents who are employed at companies with wellness programs may be offered incentives to participate in those programs. Their effectiveness remains unproven, but there is some concern that employers may apply additional pressure to employees to participate in such programs or may press for medical information they should not have access to.

You deserve time off to care for your family

In Indiana, family values are strong. While a good work ethic is important and being a diligent and reliable employee is always beneficial, sometimes family has to come first. Whether a child or spouse has fallen ill, or you are pregnant and need to take time off to welcome your new baby into your household, you hope that your employer will understand the necessity of your absence. However, in an employment-at-will state like Indiana, the concern is that you may simply be dismissed outright.

$186M AutoZone verdict to be appealed

Indiana workers and companies are watching the outcome of AutoZone's attempt to call for a retrial of a workplace discrimination lawsuit with great interest. The company says the award is unprecedented and disproportionate to the actual damages the plaintiff suffered, and its attorneys allege that attempts by the plaintiff's legal team to tamper with jurors during the trial influenced the verdict unfairly.

Employment laws concerning jury duty

Employees in Indiana who are called to serve on a jury are often worried about how the service will affect their jobs. Although serving on a jury could potentially result in days or weeks away from work, employers are not allowed to retaliate against their employees for serving on a jury. An employer may not lay off an employee, take away the employee's health insurance or penalize the employee for jury duty in any other way.

Former Chancellor claims age discrimination

No matter who you are or in which part of the United States you reside, you deserve to be treated with respect and consideration in your place of work. No one can achieve their best when faced with harassment, unpleasant comments and a generally hostile work environment. Sadly, it is something that many workers in Indiana face every day. On top of all that, it can even lead to them facing disciplinary action for reduced performance as they fight to stay strong in the face of adversity.

Religious discrimination case before U.S. Supreme Court

As Indiana residents may know, discrimination in hiring practices because of religion is not allowed under the law. At times, the hiring of an individual may go against company policy concerning the wearing of head coverings, and a case related to this issue is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Do not be afraid to report OSHA violations

If you are employed in Indiana, you may already be aware that you are working in an employment-at-will state. The worrying thing about this is that it means that your employer might choose to fire you at any time for almost any reason. However, if you are a good worker and fulfill the requirements of your job, hopefully this will not happen. Unfortunately, many employees discover that their diligence and hard work is not enough to maintain their job security.

Getting paid in a timely manner in Indiana

In most states, employers are required to pay workers on a regular basis. In most cases, employers opt to pay workers on a weekly or biweekly schedule. However, it may only be necessary for an employer to give written notice as to when an employee is going to receive his or her paycheck. For those who are classified as independent contractors, the pay schedule is usually negotiated as part of the agreement between the two parties.

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