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There are legal requirements for filing a sexual harassment suit

Facing workplace sexual harassment can be a terrifying and demoralizing experience. You may feel scared to report it to your employer, out of concern for retaliation such as getting fired for the complaint. You may also worry about your ability to secure a new job without a positive reference from your current employer or manager, who may be directly involved in the harassment.

A lawyer can help with FMLA violations and other workplace issues

Iowans who are trying to balance their work life and their family obligations will often find there is a gap between the two. Taking time off for family considerations is a desire and a necessity at times, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is meant to grant workers a certain amount of time off from work with their employment status protected from reprisal in the form of job loss, demotion and other sanctions. Women who become pregnant are shielded from discrimination and should be accorded certain accommodations due to their condition. The failure to do so could be a violation of the law and warrant a legal filing to be compensated.

Lawsuit filed alleging retaliation and whistleblower violations

When an Iowa employee exposes wrongdoing in the workplace, there is an expectation that there will be protection under whistleblower laws. Unfortunately, some workplaces will violate this law and simultaneously commit other workplace violations. Those who are attempting to report when there is gross mismanagement, financial improprieties and any other violation of law should be aware that they are shielded by whistleblower protection laws. They may also be able to file a lawsuit for other transgressions committed against them.

How do I know if I am facing religious discrimination at work?

People in Iowa and nationwide should be able to apply for jobs and work without fear of discrimination based on any reason, especially their religion. Unfortunately, in today's world, there remains an issue with people facing religious discrimination. Not only does this violate the law and employee rights, but it is a negative mark on society that it continues to take place. However, those who have been confronted with this type of treatment may have legal recourse.

Does FMLA cover spouses working for the same employer?

Iowa employers and employees should be aware of all aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act. For covered workers, it provides unpaid leave for as much as 12 workweeks without the employee needing to fear for his or her job. While the basics of the law might be relatively easy to understand, there are subsets that people who fall into certain categories should know about. In some cases, both spouses will work for the same employer. This can affect their FMLA leave in a variety of ways. When there is a problem with spouses and FMLA, it can be the basis for a legal filing.

Teen sisters file sexual harassment claim in Iowa

In Iowa, there is an expectation that anyone who has a job will be free of the looming problem of sexual harassment. It is against the law to subject people to this level of harassment in the workplace but, as the recent news has shown, that does not stop a significant number of people from partaking in the practice despite its illegality and the consequences that accompany it. This behavior is made worse when it happens to young people who are just starting out. Those who are affected by sexual harassment might not know where to turn or that they have certain rights. Understanding that the behavior is against the law and discussing the case with an attorney can provide information on how to move forward.

Employer retaliation happens to some who report harassment

Many people who experience workplace harassment, abuse or discrimination, are reticent to come forward about their experiences. One of the most common reasons for people to choose to ignore workplace harassment is fear of getting punished for making the complaint. This practice, called employer retaliation, is patently illegal, but that doesn't stop businesses from engaging in it.