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What couples should know about divorce mediation

The divorce process can be difficult for everyone involved, especially when there are issues the couple does not agree about. Divorce mediation is becoming an increasingly popular way to tackle disputes without resorting to full-scale litigation.

Understanding the basics of the mediation process can help a couple figure out whether this path is right for their situation.

Did a recruiter ask about your disability in an interview?

Let us say that you have a hearing impairment and you applied for a job in IT for a computer software developer. The recruiter asked questions about your hearing loss after noticing that you wear a hearing aid, and the interview deteriorated after that.

Is this an example of disability discrimination?

Pregnancy disabling conditions should be accommodated as much as a other disabling conditions

If you're pregnant and working, you may need your employer to make a few changes to accommodate a disabling condition related to pregnancy. You might need a restriction on the amount of weight you're expected to lift. You may need a temporary transfer to a position that is less physically challenging. Perhaps your doctor recommends a shorter work day or additional breaks. Maybe all you need is a place to sit down every once in a while.

Unfortunately, some employers simply don't provide these accommodations, even when restrictions are ordered by a doctor. This is even true at some companies where the same or similar accommodations are routinely approved for people with disabilities. When some people are given accommodations but others are not, the company could be guilty of discrimination.

How to prove workplace discrimination took place

Workplace discrimination is far more prevalent than many employers want to believe. In fact, one report from Pew Research shows how 42 percent of women in the American workforce experienced discrimination at work as a direct result of their gender. 

In many cases, employment discrimination takes the form of snide or inappropriate comments. If discrimination exists only as verbal comments, then it can be difficult to present any hard evidence in a court of law. Fortunately, there are different types of evidence you can rely on to build your case. 

How to address discrimination at work

If you are experiencing a form of discrimination at work, you most likely want to do whatever you can to make it stop. However, it can be difficult to know exactly how to proceed because confronting your employer about discrimination is a delicate situation.

It is important for you to exercise your rights as an employee so that the discrimination does not continue. You may even have grounds to sue your employer based on your experiences. The following information can help you devise a strategy for how to address the discrimination you are experiencing in your workplace.

3 common reasons employees sue employers

If you are dealing with problems at your workplace, you may be wondering what type of action you can take. You should not have to put up with any type of mistreatment at your job. It may be possible to sue your employer for treating you unfairly.

However, what type of situations justify a lawsuit? Here are some reasons employees bring claims against their employers.

How to discuss unpaid overtime with your boss

Many employees have no problem working overtime because they know they will make significantly more than their standard hourly wage out of it. California law states employers must pay workers time and a half for anything over eight hours in a given day. That is why it becomes frustrating when the paycheck comes, and that extra money is not there.

There are several resources available to workers trying to recover unpaid overtime. However, before pursuing any legal action, it is usually in a worker's best interest to talk with the boss first. Occasionally, these disputes are innocent oversights your employer would be happy to correct quickly. Here are the steps for broaching the subject with an employer.

Know your rights regarding pregnancy discrimination

In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prevented discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other factors. However, the initial law did not cover discrimination based on pregnancy. That changed in 1978 with the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

This law amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It offered protections for women in the workplace who would ordinarily worry whether taking time off to deal with the pregnancy would result in repercussions. The PDA only covers companies with at least 15 employees, but employees receive many protections under it. 

Do you work in a hostile work environment?

As a California woman, you probably feel at times that the place where you work is a hostile work environment. Maybe the jokes your male co-workers tell get more than a little raunchy. Maybe one or more of the men have made inappropriate comments or even gestures to you. Whatever work situation you face, you need to know whether or not it actually rises to the level of a hostile work environment.

You probably already know that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act bans harassment in the workplace based on gender, race, religion and national origin. However, not all inappropriate and/or distasteful workplace behavior constitutes a hostile work environment

4 examples of wrongful termination

Wrongful termination can take many different forms. Take a current case happening in Napa Valley, California, where an employee insists the company fired him wrongfully while the defense claims he resigned after contract negotiations fell through. 

It can be tough to identify wrongful termination. However, as long as you believe there is a chance your employer fired you for an illegal reason, then it is worth looking into the matter further. 

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