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It’s bad enough when workers are forced to file a harassment or discrimination claim against an employer. But some employers make it worse by badgering workers who complain. Workers who suffer the consequences for filing claims against their employers can also sue for retaliation — and not only get their jobs back, but also get back pay and punitive damages.
Political disagreements can arise in the workplace at any time. Some of these can be heated. In the interest of maintaining order, many private employers restrict political speech in the workplace. Is this legal? Many employees believe that they have a right to discuss politics in the workplace, but they’re wrong. The First Amendment protects people only from government interference with speech — not employer interference.
The H1-B visa allows highly educated or highly skilled foreign nationals to work in the United States for six years — but the visa application is a legal minefield. The process is very complicated and can take up to several months.
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.
Former National Guard soldiers are lining up to sue KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for exposing them to toxins during the early days of the Iraq War. The vets got a big boost in November when an Oregon jury awarded 12 veterans of the Oregon Army National Guard a total of more than $85 million.