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September 2017 Archives

Do comments need to be directed at you to be harassment?

It is likely universally understood that when you place a group of individuals together in an office environment in Kansas City, there will inevitably be conflicts in personality between at least some of them. For example, one of your coworkers may have a tendency to tell jokes or stories that are off-colored or sexual in nature. While not necessarily directed at you, such talk may make you feel uncomfortable. The question is does it qualify as sexual harassment? 

Workplace discrimination victims have higher burden of proof

Workplace discrimination is an issue that affects many people in Kansas City and around the country. Whether it is age, gender, religion, race, or origin-based, it is an all too real reality that many workers find themselves exposed to every day. When employers use these factors to influence their hiring decisions and employment operations, their actions can create hostile and toxic work environments. 

Are you an at-will employee?

Your worst fear may be to be fired from your job in Kansas City. Yet you likely hold on to the assumption that your employer cannot fire you without for no reason. Is that true? Missouri, like most states, follows the principle of "at-will employment," which basically allows companies to fire employees for any reason (except an illegal one) or no reason at all. Furthermore, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the at-will presumption allows companies to alter the terms of employment, including cutting wages, reducing paid leave or terminating benefits. After having read this, you likely have one question: Am I an at-will employee? 

Employee sues state agency after termination

Most people employed in Missouri know that there are very clear laws defining what may be identified as sexual harassment and what is allowed or not allowed in the workplace. Employers in both the private and the public sector should work to create environments safe from such behavior. They should also make employees feel safe about reporting suspected sexual harassment. Unfortunately this may not always actually happen.

What is subtle racial discrimination?

Racial discrimination may seem as if it would be easy to identify. The reality is that Missouri employers who discriminate rarely do so in obvious ways. Fortunately for you, the law is prepared for subtle discrimination practices. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, racial discrimination is when you are treated differently because of your racial identification. It goes beyond that, though. Discrimination can also include being treated different due to characteristics associated with your race.

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