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Severance Agreements – What to Expect

In an average week, I often review as many as six (6) severance or similar agreements. The primary question that is posed during such consultations is: should I sign the agreement? That is not a question that I can answer because it is in not a legal question. It is a...

Unlawful employment retaliation

As I have mentioned before, most states including North Carolina and Tennessee follow the legal doctrine of employment-at-will.  That doctrine holds that an employee can be terminated (fired) at any time for any reason with no legal liability for the employer.  An...

Unlawful Employment Retaliation – FMLA

Retaliation against an employee is unlawful only if the employee has engaged in a protected activity. There is no one source for a complete list of protected activities.  However, it generally includes actions such as filing for or requesting workers’...

When do I file with the EEOC?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors.  Initially, though, you need to find out whether the EEOC (which stands for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has jurisdiction.  The EEOC enforces workplace discrimination laws which prohibit...

USPS and Federal Employees

Federal employees, including USPS employees, face discrimination in the workplace in the same way that other employees do.  However, the legal process for handling these claims is much different than handling other employees’ claims. Unlike other employees,...

Is all workplace discrimination unlawful?

Nearly everyday, I speak to employees who are suffering from workplace discrimination. Many have very sympathetic tales of being treated differently that co-workers for a variety of reasons.  All ask the same question:  How do I file a workplace discrimination claim...