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Firing or Terminating An Employee

The day will come as an employer when you know you have a tough decision in front of you. Firing an employee can be an uncomfortable experience for both of you and it is a matter that should be handled pragmatically and with delicacy. In a worst case scenario, your employee could fire back at you with a lawsuit. Read below to learn more about how to protect yourself against a potential lawsuit and what you can do to prevent a disgruntled employee from taking action against your business. 

How state workers who blow the whistle on fraud, abuse are protected - II

In our previous post, we began discussing how those state employees who are reluctant to blow the whistle on fraudulent, abusive and/or potentially harmful practices don't have to be unnecessarily fearful, as the Whistleblower's Act protects them from retaliatory measures on the part of state agencies and independent contractors.

Lawsuit accuses Yahoo! of gender discrimination, biased performance standards

Yahoo! Inc. made headlines earlier this week when it announced that it would not only be willing to entertain a sale of its core business going forward, but also that it would be terminating roughly 1,700 employees or nearly 15 percent of its workforce.

Eligible whistleblowers protected from retaliation

Disclosing sensitive information about a business or certain practices is something that could get an employee into a lot of trouble. In many cases, they are restricted from doing so by an employment contract or confidentiality agreement; violating these agreements can be grounds for some serious penalties.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or "EEOC" is an administrative agency whose primary responsibilities include enforcing federal laws with regard to protecting employees and job applicants from discrimination in the workplace. Types of discrimination include discrimination based on race, age (for workers or applicants 40 years of age and older), national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information. The EEOC also protects those who are either involved in the investigative process i.e., the aggrieved or those who are acting as a witness during the investigation process from retaliation.

What types of accommodations are 'reasonable'?

Employers and employees alike should know that in general, it is unlawful to discriminate against people based on disability in the workplace thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means that employees with disabilities are to receive the same job opportunities available to others during all stages of employment, including termination.

Miami-Dade Employers (And Others): It's Time to Update Your Handbooks and Personnel Policies.

Given the recent current events both in real life and dramatized in new television dramas, the topic of Gender Identity and Gender Expression has certainly become a trending and hot topic. For Miami-Dade County employers, you should pay closer attention as the City's Ordinance on Human Rights Laws have been amended to include and prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression (and which already prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation) in the employment sector as of December 2, 2014.

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