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Working with Multiple Sclerosis: Your Right to Accommodations

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease. People who live with MS often experience patterns of exacerbation and remission. When symptoms are in remission, people with MS may be able to work with minimal accommodations. But when symptoms are exacerbated, these employees may require significant accommodations. Unfortunately, employees in...

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Can I Be Fired for Filing an EEOC Complaint?

Many people who make discrimination complaints to the EEOC feel like they have a target on their back. Their employers treat them differently and try to make them quit. Sometimes, employers make up excuses to fire people who complain of discrimination. So is your employer allowed to fire you...

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Are Mental Health Disorders Disabilities? A Q&A

One in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year. 5.2% of adults report having “serious” mental illness that “substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities.” This means that 50+ million people per year report experiencing mental illness. Since mental health issues...

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A Primer on the Civil Litigation Process for Employment Plaintiffs

On TV, a case may be resolved in a single episode. People have their day in court just hours or even minutes after the case is filed. Unfortunately, this is not realistic. The real legal system is sometimes disorganized and involves backed-up court systems (especially because of COVID, which...

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Is Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Illegal?

What is workers’ compensation? Workers’ compensation is payment to compensate an employee if the employee suffers an injury or ailment resulting from their work. It may include money for wage replacement, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other benefits. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance. An employer pays a premium...

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Working with Postpartum Depression: Know Your Rights

Postpartum and peripartum depression (referred to as PPD) are the most common mental health disorders experienced after childbirth. New mothers deal with hormonal changes; chronic exhaustion; changes to relationships, routines, and priorities; and the stress of returning to a workforce that can seem hostile to working moms. This situation...

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Is Weight Discrimination Legal?

Many people are familiar with laws that prohibit workplace discrimination based on race, gender, and age. But few are familiar with laws that prohibit sizeism. This is probably because only one state, Michigan, lists size as a protected class. A few other jurisdictions prohibit discrimination based on “appearance,” which encompasses...

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How Do Employment Lawyers Decide to Take a Case?

Many employment lawyers will offer a free case review or consultation before deciding whether to take a case. This is because most lawyers represent plaintiffs on a contingency basis, meaning they invest time—sometimes hundreds or thousands of hours over the course of multiple years—in a case in hopes they...

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How to Choose an Employment Attorney

You may have been harassed, wrongfully fired, or otherwise mistreated by your employer. Your finances may be in disarray, and your mental health may have deteriorated. All you want is a calm, confident, winning attorney to take your employment law case—but when you Google “employment law attorneys,” all you...

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Can I Be Fired for My Social Media Posts?

California is an “at will” employment state, meaning that employers can fire employees at will for any legal reason (or no reason), including for social media posts. However, there are a few exceptions. First, employers may not terminate employees for discriminatory (illegal) reasons. The National Labor Relations Board also...