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July 2017 Archives

What are some examples of racial discrimination?

Each day, workers nationwide experience discrimination on the basis of their race. In Kansas City, and across Missouri, it is imperative for victims of discrimination and all employees who recognize unlawful discrimination in the workplace to speak out. Unfortunately, some choose to keep quiet because they are worried about retaliation, which is also unlawful. When employers and other people in the workplace break the law by treating someone unfairly due to their racial background, they must answer for their behavior.

Is your place of employment a hostile work environment?

Federal law forbids sexual harassment in the workplace. But the law raises many questions, including: What is sexual harassment in a work environment? Is sexual harassment only physical, or can it be verbal? How frequent does the conduct need to be, in order to be considered sexual harassment?

What is considered sexual harassment?

Workers in Missouri like you deserve to go to your job without any fear of being discriminated against or harassed. Fortunately, there are laws in place that are meant to protect you from these serious workplace problems. At Thornberry Brown, LLC, we work with the law to help you combat any workplace discrimination you might face.

New bill makes critics fear wage theft

Employees across Missouri and the country could have changes coming to overtime policies. According to NJ.com, a bill passed by the U.S. House called the Working Families Flexibility Act would change overtime rules to allow a private sector employee to choose between a time-and-a-half overtime wage or time off. Rather than earning extra money, employees could earn extra compensatory time off--1.5 hours of time off for every hour of overtime worked. Employees would also be given the option to change their minds later and be paid out the regular 1.5 times of their hourly rate. This would apply only to overtime hours, or those that are more than 40 hours in one workweek. 

Men also victims of sexual harassment in the workplace

While most people think of women as the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, they are not the only ones who are targets. Men are also recipients of unwanted sexual comments, gestures and suggestions made by their female co-workers or bosses. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the law prohibits people from requesting sexual favors, making unwelcome sexual advances or using profound language toward another person in the workplace.

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