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You cannot be fired for refusing to commit an illegal act

You may be familiar with the concept of whistleblowing. That is, informing the authorities of illegal acts your employer is engaging in. You may also know that it is illegal for your employer to fire you for whistleblowing. However, did you also know that it is illegal for your employer to fire you for refusing to be complicit in illegal actions? Even if you are not a whistleblower, your employer cannot fire you for refusing to participate.

Can I legally take breaks at work?

They say that if you find a job you love, you never work a day in your life. Many of us spend years searching for that dream job, but unfortunately, not everybody is lucky enough to find it. Other times, we have the opportunity to take our dream job, but it is not financially feasible depending on our circumstances. For those of us who do not work jobs that we love, time can seem to drag on, and we may begin to wonder just how much we work.

Workplace discrimination could affect anyone

When most people think of discrimination, be it in the workplace or anywhere else in society, they typically think of non-white racial groups, females or a combination of both. Of course, while these may be the demographics that are most commonly viewed as discriminated against, anyone can be a target of discrimination. Even white males can be the targets of discrimination. It is important not to forget what discrimination actually is: treating another person differently because of a specific trait.

Sexual harassment can occur online as well

When we talk about sexual harassment in the workplace, we often discuss the issue in the context of people who are working together in the same building, perhaps even right next to one another, in face-to-face scenarios. It is in these scenarios that a person is most likely to be subjected to unwanted physical groping, advances and suggestive or lewd gestures. However, it is important to remember that not all sexual harassment occurs in person.