What is the Whistleblower Protection Act in Nursing?

January 13, 2022
By Peter Friedmann
The Whistleblower Protection Act makes it illegal for employers, both in the private and public sectors, to harass or punish workers who report unlawful activity or other wrongdoing. Under the Act, certain employees are offered protection from whistleblower retaliation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces its own Whistleblower Protection Act on a federal level, and states often have their own form of whistleblower protection as well. Those in the healthcare field also receive whistleblower protection. Below, we describe...

Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act

October 14, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
According to an AARP analysis in 2017, individuals 55 and older had an unemployment rate of 3.4%. This shows us that more and more older workers are staying in the workforce for longer periods of time. While older workers bring experience and knowledge with them into the workplace, they also may “develop disabilities as they age, or existing disabilities may become more significant”, which may result in older workers facing potential hiring discrimination tied to their age. Additionally, employers might...
How to Win in EEOC Employment Discrimination Mediation

How to Win in EEOC Employment Discrimination Mediation

July 08, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
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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

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 You Pursue a Workplace Discrimination Claim and Keep Your Job?

February 09, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
Our Ohio employment law clients sometimes tell us that they feel like they waited too long to file a workplace discrimination lawsuit because they feared retaliation and/or losing their job. People suffer for months or years because of the belief that speaking up and demanding justice may put them in a more uncomfortable position. Sadly, this concern can be justified. Managers and supervisors frequently retaliate against workers who report unfair, unequal and illegal treatment.  It is important to know that...
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