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When facing discrimination, keep a diary

You get discriminated against at work on a regular basis. The first time it happened, though you couldn't believe it, you never thought it would happen again. But it did. Repeatedly. Now you're ready to do something about it, and you're wondering how to make your case stronger.

One important thing you can do is to make a diary recording all incidents as they occur. Committing it all to memory is risky, as you may forget key facts when you need them most. You could also mix up your stories, especially if the incidents are similar. A diary helps you keep track of everything and guides you as you demonstrate how this illegal activity has impacted your career.

Internet-based sexual crimes are prosecuted harshly

People tend to feel almost invincible when they are online. Unfortunately, this can lead to them doing things that are uncharacteristic for them. This can include exploring sexual fantasies that they wouldn't normally have any interest in. For example, a person might be curious about a specific demographic of people for the purpose of sexual pleasure.

When a person is accused of an internet sex crime, they might not have ever had physical contact with anyone. In fact, many offenders who have internet-based charges don't have a history of related offenses. They might have been acting on a one-time only desire to see something or someone specific.

Was I fired because of my age?

Federal laws shield employees from discrimination based on their protected class. People over the age of 40 are included in this group and receive the same legal protections. However, this has not prevented the occurrence of age discrimination.

According to a 2017 study conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 61 percent of people over the age of 45 dealt with some form of age discrimination in the workplace. Identifying age discrimination early can help you deal with the situation.

Employers can't retaliate for protected activities

Many actions that businesses might take aren't lawful because they go against laws that are set to protect employees. Even though there is a wide berth for what employers are allowed to do, they must never retaliate against an employee who engaged in a protected activity.

The laws against retaliation are meant to help stop employers from forcing employees to avoid filing complaints about illegal activities. Without these laws, the employers would be free to demote or fire employees who alert the authorities to problems like discrimination or other illegal acts like environmental violations.

Plan your defense against internet sex crimes carefully

Being accused of improper sexual behavior online is a rough situation to be placed in. When you are in this position, you have to ensure that you are handling things in the manner you feel is best for your situation. In order to do this, you have to learn a bit about your rights and options.

We know that you probably have some questions about what's going to happen. We are here to help you find out what you can do to address the charges. One thing that we need to do before we can help you come up with a strategy is to review the points of the case.

Age discrimination laws only apply to some workers

There are specific factors that employers can't consider when they are trying to determine certain employment actions. For some employees, age is one of these factors. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prevents employers from considering the fact that a person is 40 years old or older as part of the employment process.

Every aspect of employment is covered by this law. It includes hiring, assigning jobs, pay, termination or layoffs, training, promotions, benefits and demotions. People who fall into his age category must remember that they can still face negative employment actions if they don't do their job duties. The protections of this act are strictly for decisions based on the employee's age.

Could scope creep bust your project budget?

Sooner or later, every business owner runs into a client who expects more deliverables than specified by the contract. It might be something small, like adding a few electrical outlets to the media room of a house. But it also could turn into something major, e.g., moving a weight-bearing wall or pillar.

When contractors and business owners first run into scope creep, their natural inclination may be to acquisesce to the client's request. After all, successful business owners understand well the value of satisfied customers and word of mouth referrals.

Revenge porn ends career of congresswoman

Recently, a congresswoman in another state resigned from the House of Representatives as a consequence of her husband circulating nude photos of her in compromising positions with a female staffer to tabloid and right-wing publications.

California freshman Dem. Rep. Katie Hill released an announcement that she was resigning from Congress last month. Former Rep. Hill was an openly bisexual member of the House and was going through a divorce when her husband released the photos in a smear attempt.

Protect yourself when you are terminated unexpectedly

Learning that you lost your job when you didn't know that it was on the line is a traumatic experience. When you are in this situation, it is easy to get angry and act in an unprofessional manner. Taking that path may harm your future career, so make sure that you take a step back and behave like the professional you are.

Your priority at this point has to be protecting your finances. Make sure that you get your final compensation from your employer. Make sure that you review this to ensure that you received what you were entitled to. If you have an employment contract, go over it to find out what, if any, special compensation you are due upon termination. In some cases, this depends on the reason for termination.

What small businesses need to know about the new overtime rule

For the first time in 15 years, the American labor force will have updated overtime regulations that may put more pay in their pockets. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a new overtime rule that will take effect on January 1, 2020. The rule is expected to extend overtime pay eligibility for up to 1.3 million workers.

If you are a small business owner with full-time employees, there is a good chance these new rules will apply to you. And if you are an employee, you might see an increase in your earnings.

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