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March 2017 Archives

What's best first step making a whistleblower reprisal claim?

Any parent ever called upon in a squeeze to officiate at a child's soccer or baseball game knows that it can be a thankless task. The first time you blow that whistle over an infraction, you run the risk of incurring the wrath of another parent who didn't have the guts to step up at the first call for volunteers.

Protective email practices for federal workers

You are reading this so it might be a little hard to imagine the sound, but what do you think of when you read, "Doink. Doink!" Hopefully what comes to mind is the sound effect that plays at the opening of every episode of TVs "Law and Order." And, by association, perhaps what that leads you to recall are the words of the Miranda warning: "Whatever you say may be used against you."

Protections for transgender people may be in jeopardy

Transgender workers in the District of Columbia are protected from employment discrimination, but workers in other states and cities, such as Texas and Atlanta, may be vulnerable. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission still considers discrimination against transgender people to be illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that forbids sex-based discrimination. However, its position might shift.

Employee rights in Washington D.C.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gives employees a variety of rights and protections against discrimination. Under the act, government agencies and employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating based on someone's race, color, sex, religion or national origin. This prohibition extends to all aspects of employment, which includes hiring, promotions, terminations and determining rates of compensation. Additionally, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits employers with more than 20 employees from discriminating against individuals over the age of 40.

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