New Orleans Employment Law Blog

Don't let fear keep you silent about environmental violations

When someone does something wrong, you may wonder whether you should report the behavior. If you could categorize the wrongdoing as minor and do not believe that anyone could face substantial impacts as a result, you may keep quiet and go about your business. However, when a bigger issue presents itself, you may feel the need to come forward in order for the proper authorities to address the problem.

Of course, if your predicament involves your employer committing violations of environmental protections acts, you may worry that your job could face negative repercussions as a result of your blowing the whistle. However, protections exist for individuals in your circumstances, and filing a report may prevent additional negative outcomes.

Fight back against your employer's retaliatory efforts

Like most other Louisiana workers, you need your job. Because of this, you may put up with assignments that aren't ordinarily part of your job duties or with a supervisor who doesn't have the friendliest personality, but when the requests or actions cross the line into harassment or discrimination, you have the right to say something.

Unfortunately, some employers don't appreciate you standing up for yourself or another person, and they begin a campaign of retaliation against you. Your work environment could quickly become hostile, which makes it difficult for you to go to work each day. You should know that your employer cannot legally retaliate against you for valid complaints, and if this happens, you have the right to fight back — through legal action.

What to do after facing workplace discrimination

Discrimination may have plagued you during various times of your life. Unfortunately, details that may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of life, such as race or gender, can easily result in your suffering unfair treatment at the hands of other people. Though you may have the ability to remove yourself from some unfair situations, certain scenarios involving discrimination may have a greater impact and prove more difficult to handle on your own.

Though workplace discrimination is illegal, you may have found yourself dealing with negative effects while on the job due to discriminatory actions. Though you may have suffered by missing out on a promotion or raise, bearing the brunt of harsh comments or even losing your job entirely, you can take action to address the wrongdoing.

Wrongfully fired? Here is how you can fight back.

Losing your job can be frightening, especially when it is unexpected and unmerited. Wrongful termination can affect your life and career in many ways, but there are ways that you can fight back against this type of illegal action. If, for any reason, you believe that your Louisiana employer wrongfully fired you, you have the option and the right to fight back.

Wrongful termination can happen for multiple reasons, and if you believe that you are a victim of this, you have the right to take legal action. You can fight back against what happened to you with the help of an attorney, seeking to either have your job rightfully restored or possibly secure financial compensation.

Facing retaliation after reporting FWPCA violations

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act regulates the types and amounts of pollutants that anyone can discharge into certain waterways across the country. Clean water is essential to life, and the federal government has tried for decades to prohibit actions that endanger the country's water systems.

However, individuals, small businesses and large corporations continue to use bodies of water as dumping grounds. You may have seen this happen at your job. Perhaps your employer even forced you to participate in the dumping of pollutants into protected waters. If you want to report these violations to the Environmental Protection Agency, or if you have already begun proceedings, only one thing could hold you back.

When are inappropriate jokes considered sexual harassment?

There is a fine line between having fun and taking it one step too far with inappropriate humor. Sometimes, it can be difficult to know when someone crossed this line, and you could feel confused, offended and wondering what you should do next. This type of gray area can be complicated to navigate, especially if you are unsure if you actually experienced sexual harassment or just a few inconsiderate remarks.

Sexual harassment comes in various forms, and not all of them involve a physical component. In some cases, sexual harassment involves mistreatment regarding a person's gender. In any case, victims of sexual harassment in the workplace would be wise to know how to protect their rights and take the appropriate action to hold liable parties accountable.

What you should know about religious discrimination at work

It is illegal for an employer to fire or decline to hire a qualified potential employee solely because of his or her religious affiliation. Despite the fact that religious discrimination has no place in the Louisiana workplace, some workers still face various types of mistreatment and harassment.

If you are a victim of religious discrimination or believe that you may be a victim, you would be wise to reach out for legal help as soon as possible. These cases are time sensitive, and you may have a valid reason to bring a legal claim against your employer.

Are you having labor pains of a different kind?

Having a baby is typically a very exciting event in a person's life. Whether it's your first time or you already have several other children at home, welcoming a new life into the world is a memorable event that many would call a great blessing. Sadly, when it comes to telling a boss the good news, the reaction is not always positive. In fact, many women in Louisiana and other regions throughout the nation have been wrongfully terminated from their positions after their superiors learned they were pregnant.

There are also many others who an employer refused to hire in the first place, simply because they were expecting babies. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act came about as an amendment to a 1964 Civil Rights Act. This amendment prohibits employers from refusing to hire pregnant women, providing they are capable of carrying out prospective duties on the job.

Riding-sharing companies may share blame for accidents

Riding-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft have become a common manner of transportation for many individuals. If you need to get to your destination and do not want to drive yourself or use a standard taxi service, calling a ride-sharing service could allow you to get where you need to go. Of course, you could potentially find yourself involved in an accident with a driver working for one of these services.

All car accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries. If you suffered injuries after an accident involving a ride-sharing driver, the circumstances of the crash could affect the manner in which you could potentially gain compensation for damages.

Six tips for employees facing discrimination at work

It was a difficult choice. Your conscience pricked and your wife nagged until you reported what you saw. It was more nerve wracking than anything you have ever done. You saw it. You really did. However, somehow, nothing came of the report, and your boss walked away scot-free.

Since then, your performance reviews have been very negative when before you blew the whistle you consistently received the highest praise. You did not get the promotion that you had been promised. Your coworkers have called you disloyal, and so has the management. You sense that it could come to being let go. What can you do?

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