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Protecting the rights of African Americans in the workplace

In 2018, we should be far beyond racism against African Americans in the workplace. It is nothing short of shocking to read that racial discrimination still exists in many American companies.

Yet this is the case. Although there are far less overt and explicit acts of racism, small forms of virtually undetectable racism continue to thrive in our nation’s working environments: finding excuses to not hire someone, over passing qualified workers for promotions, etc. Obviously, this type of discrimination is illegal and victims have rights.

Recently Published White Paper on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Workplace sexual harassment has gained significant attention in the media over this past year with the #MeToo movement and other initiatives. This is a positive advancement that has allowed more victims to come forward and fight for justice.

In the ongoing struggle for protection against sexual predators in the workplace, our law firm is dedicated to helping women and other victims obtain justice.

Employers cover discrimination with false reasons for termination

The problem with most cases involving workplace discrimination is that they are not terribly obvious. As a general rule, employers aren’t going to send a memo to an employee, in writing, saying “we are firing you because we don’t approve of your sexual orientation,” or “because you have become too old.” If employers were this transparent, employment discrimination cases would be easy.

But employers don’t communicate this clearly or honestly. When employers discriminate, they almost always use other reasons for their actions. If you have been fired for something that seems too small or insignificant, you could be a victim of discrimination.

The Feds Are Getting Involved With Sexual Harassment Cases

Most women who have been victimized by sexual harassment in the workplace feel like there is little to nothing they can do to protect their rights. At most, they might consider calling a lawyer but they still usually feel like they are on their own.

There is good news for at least one harassment victim: The federal Justice Department is getting involved. The possibility of the entire weight of the federal government standing behind workplace harassment victims could have a major impact on the employment landscape for years to come.

A New Era for Workplace Sexual Harassment Victims

At the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C., we are on the forefront of helping people who have been victimized in the workplace.

See our recent slideshare, which outlines the primary points of our white paper on the topic "Fighting Back: The Changing Landscape of Workplace Harassment."

More than any other time in history, women (and men) who have been victimized have the opportunity to protect their rights and obtain a measure of justice in their workplaces.

Hidden Settlements Hinder Justice in Workplace Harassment Claims

For someone who has been victimized by sexual harassment, there are numerous considerations when it comes to bringing a lawsuit. Although the #MeToo movement has brought attention to the issues and support for harassment victims, there is still an understandable reluctance to go public and let the world know the story.

Many victims simply want to settle their cases privately and move on. However, there are some important downfalls to these quiet settlements.

Class Status Obtained in Collections Lawsuit

For those who suffer abuse and privacy violations from debt collectors, a recent case should give a sense of hope and justice.

In this case, which is currently in progress in Washington courts, the plaintiffs have recently been granted their petition for class status. This is a truly encouraging development that will allow the case to move forward as a class action lawsuit.

New White Paper: Fighting Workplace Harassment

ToddMFriedman_PageImage.jpgSexual harassment in the workplace has gained significant media attention in recent months due to the #MeToo movement. It is a great sign of hope that this serious issue is finally gaining the attention it deserves and that the people responsible for these behaviors are being taken to task.

However, all the media attention still leaves significant questions on the table regarding the specific laws defining and governing workplace harassment, the rights and options of victims and other critical issues. Our new whitepaper: Fighting Back: The Changing Landscape Of Workplace Harassment.

Dept. of Labor Letters Can Help Minimize Wage and Hour Abuses

Employees of all kinds in all types of occupations have to face gray areas in wage and hour laws regularly. No one wants to be taken advantage of in their jobs.

Although employers rightly feel angst if they feel their employers are bending the rules, in some cases the problem isn’t malice on the part of the employer; it’s simply a lack of knowledge. When the government provides letters and case decisions to clarify the legal rules, it minimizes these instances of inadvertent abuses by employers.

Top Three Businesses Violating California's Phone Privacy Laws

The right to privacy is important to pretty much everyone in the United States, and we know there are laws to protect this right. There are many activities that are prohibited in order to protect citizens’ privacy. The recording of phone calls without consent is one of the most important legal protections we have for our privacy.

However, there are many corporations, local companies and other entities in California that violate these privacy laws with some regularity. It is important to understand the law in California and know the most common groups who may try to violate your rights. In future blog posts, we will discuss warning signs of potential telephone privacy rights violations and your options if you think your rights have been violated.

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