How to Know if You are Being Harassed at Work

How to Know if You are Being Harassed at Work

August 03, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
When it comes knowing whether you are being harassed at work, we can look at how the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines harassment as a first step. According to the EEOC, harassment is “unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.” Harassment becomes unlawful, according to the EEOC, “where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct...
How to Win in EEOC Employment Discrimination Mediation

How to Win in EEOC Employment Discrimination Mediation

July 08, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
Hostile Work Environment EEOC
When it comes to an Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) mediation, there are a few ways to improve your overall chances of coming to a favorable resolution. An EEOC mediation comes about after an EEOC charge is filed. If both parties agree to participate, then the EEOC may hold a mediation. An EEOC mediation has the potential to resolve an EEOC employment discrimination complaint without needing to move to litigation. Coming prepared with an EEOC lawyer, reasonable expectations, and the...
Mental Illness Discrimination in the Workplace

Mental Illness Discrimination in the Workplace

June 21, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
There are many ways in which mental illness discrimination occurs in the workplace, including direct and indirect mental illness discrimination. Employees should be aware of the rights and protections that the law provides. It is important to note that there are protections against mental illness discrimination for workers. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal civil rights law established in 1990, makes it illegal for a private company with 15 or more employees to deny job opportunities to individuals...
Can I Be Fired for Using Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Can I Be Fired for Using Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

May 06, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
In short, the answer is yes, you can be fired for using medical marijuana if you test positive for THC after submitting to a drug test requested by your employer. Marijuana, generally, is still illegal in Ohio so having a medical marijuana card does not protect you from termination if you test positive for THC.  Employers have the discretion to hire and fire based on marijuana usage and can consider whether a person has a medical marijuana card when making...

Can an Employer Make You Work Overtime Without Notice?

April 26, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
Is It Legal for My Boss to Force Me to Work Overtime Without Notice? Yes, federal and state laws allow employers to require unscheduled and mandatory overtime. As inconvenient and unwelcome as hearing, “I need you to work late today,” or “You’ll have to come in this weekend,” may be, such demands are perfectly legal. The same laws that authorize unscheduled overtime, however, require employers to pay at least time-and-one-half to every employee who is eligible to earn overtime pay....
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