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April 2018 Archives

Is there a timing requirement for taking FMLA leave?

Iowa residents who are seeking to take time off from their job with their employment protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act should know that there are certain requirements that go along with it. One key requirement is the timing of when the employee will give notice that FMLA leave will be taken. Provided all the basic rules are in place for a worker to use FMLA, the employer must allow its use. If the worker adheres to the requirements and is harassed, threatened or even dismissed because of it, it could be the foundation for a legal filing to be compensated.

How does Iowa law view wage discrimination?

All workers in Iowa are entitled to the same treatment under the law. That includes the freedom not to be discriminated against for any reason. If an employee faces discrimination due to his or her age, gender identity, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, color, religion or disability and is paid less in wages because of it when compared to other employees, it is illegal. There are many consequences an employer can face with this treatment of employees. It is vital for workers to understand what employers are not allowed to do and, just as importantly, what they can do in terms of paying wages.

When is the employer liable in an Iowa workplace harassment case?

Workers in Iowa are protected from harassment under the law. While this is generally perceived to be linked to sexual harassment, there are numerous other ways in which a worker can be harassed. People who are facing this treatment might realize early on that they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing, but they are often unaware of how liability is determined. Knowing when the employer is liable for harassment that happened at the workplace can be a foundational issue when considering a legal filing over harassment.

Key points about sexual orientation, gender identity and the law

For Iowans who are concerned about discrimination at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the law protects them. However, there are certain points that workers must be aware of when they are thinking of filing a claim about workplace discrimination because of these factors. Some will benefit them when considering a claim, others will not.