What is Sexual Harassment?

Everyone is familiar with the term “sexual harassment,” but many people don’t know what exactly constitutes this conduct. Some people are under the impression that simply asking out a coworker or paying someone a compliment might get them in trouble. In reality, it takes much more to rise to the level of sexual harassment. If you have been subjected to repeated harassment, a sexual harassment attorney may be able to help you get relief.
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When Exactly Does My Work Day Start?

Some business owners want their employees to be ready in case of a rush. For example, a restraunt owner may want employees to show up 30 minutes before their scheduled time just in case they are needed to work. They may put pressure on their employees to show up and sit around, unpaid, just in case. If they make this a condition for your work then don’t pay you for that time, they are breaking the law. An employee discrimination attorney can fight to get you the money you are owed.
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What is Retaliatory Discharge?

While Oregon employees are considered “at will” unless there is an employment contract, there are certain guidelines employers must follow when it comes to discharging employees. If an employer engages in a retaliatory discharge if they fire an employee engaged in a protected activity. If you feel that you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, an employment discrimination lawyer can examine your case free of charge to determine the best course of action.
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Employees Can be Fired for Medical Marijuana Use

In a court ruling that could have ramifications in Oregon, the Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that employees could be fired for using marijuana off the clock. In the matter before the court, a quadriplegic was fired from his job at Dish Network due to failing a drug test. The plaintiff argued that he had a medical marijuana card and, because he was legally allowed to use the drug in Colorado, could not be fired for legal behavior off the clock. In a unanimous opinion, the court disagreed with the “legality” of medical marijuana and ruled that the employee could be terminated. As a Portland employment attorney, users of marijuana should be mindful that they could be terminated for this activity.
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What Behavior Constitutes Sexual Harassment?

Some people imagine sexual harassment means that a man propositions a woman and threatens her job if she refuses. They also imagine it might be that a man offers a woman a promotion or additional benefits if she sleeps with him. While this would certainly be sexual harassment, most behavior is much more insidious. Any unwanted sexual contact, suggestive language, or other harassing behavior could fall under sexual harassment.
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Who is Exempt from Overtime Pay?

One of the most frustrating experiences is being denied overtime when an employee feels they are entitled to it. Some people get “promotions” that suddenly require them to work 50 hours for a nominal raise that actually puts more stress on them and their family than it is worth. If these extra ten hours were time and a half, however, the employee would gladly take on the additional hours. So just who is exempt from these laws?
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Fighting Racial Discrimination with a Portland Employment Discrimination Attorney

While society has made great strides in dealing with racism, the sad fact is it still exists in the workplace. It may not be overt as it once was, but there is no doubt it still exists. When it occurs, a Portland Employment Discrimination Attorney can fight to protect your rights. If you feel you have been discriminated at work based on your race, contact Kroll & Johnson for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.
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