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Ruby Tuesday settles sex discrimination lawsuit

Discrimination of any kind is illegal when it comes to employment, thanks in large part to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to this federal agency, there are also state and federal laws that assist in preventing such workplace discrimination. Unfortunately, just because it is illegal to discriminate does not mean that discrimination does not exist in the workplace. It does, however, ensure that individuals who face such discrimination receive justice.

Sexual harassment claims are declining

When it comes to sexual harassment, nobody is immune. Sexual harassment can happen to anybody at any gender in any position of their life; sexual harassment does not discriminate based on race, gender or even sexual orientation. Fortunately for victims of sexual harassment, the law does not discriminate either, and everyone is afforded the necessary protections from sexual harassment in the workplace. It is perhaps because of these protections that fewer cases of sexual harassment appear to be happening.

I was fired for whistleblowing. Can I take legal action?

Whistleblowing has been much more prominent in the public mind in recent years, but the exact scope and meaning of it may still elude some people. Whistleblowing refers to an employee reporting illegal activities by their employer. Many times when an employee outs an employer in such a way, the employer seeks to take action in retribution for the exposure, but it is important for employees to remember that they are protected from retaliation for whistleblowing.

Legal aid in proving wrongful termination

You have probably heard about California's at-will employment status, which grants employers the ability to fire employees whenever they see fit. What you may not know is that even though employers can fire their employees at any time and for almost any reason, they are prohibited from firing employees for an unlawful reason. The word "unlawful" is key here, as there are many reasons that may seem wrong or unfair, but are still perfectly legal.