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Record numbers of workers are standing up for their rights when it comes to being treated fairly on the job. Through March 2012, employees filed 7,064 lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and youth employment standards for employees in both the private and public sectors. That’s almost the same number of complaints filed in all of 2011, according to a recently released survey.
Burger King has found itself in hot water over its refusal to allow a Pentecostal Christian employee to wear skirts to work. A federal court will now decide whether the burger chain violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects workers’ religious beliefs against unlawful employment practices.
Advances in technology allow employees to work from home more easily. With the help of the internet, some workers can do the same job at home as they would in an office. This can be an advantage for employees and employers alike. However, certain laws apply when the telecommuting arrangement is ongoing rather than temporary.
The Lawyers.com employment law forums should be one of your first stops if you’re grappling with a job-related legal problem or issue. Covering topics including discrimination, labor unions, workers’ comp and sexual harassment, these forums are the place to ask questions and get answers before you hire an employment lawyer.
There are 65 million adults in the United States with criminal arrest or conviction records. A criminal record can interfere with your ability to find and keep a job, particularly since 90 percent of U.S. employers perform criminal background checks on their job applicants. Is an old arrest or conviction hurting your job hunting?