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Wage and Hour Attorney Top Answers: My employer requires a uniform, do I have to pay for it? Do I have to pay to maintain a uniform? Is there a difference between a uniform and a general dress code? Employers oftentimes require employees to dress in a certain fashion for work. In the restaurant business, for example, it is not unusual to see servers and wait staff dressed the exact same way. Other employers have a very strict uniform – think police officers or the UPS deliveryman. But, there is a difference between the two sets of attire and how they are treated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The FLSA has explained that wages do not include uniforms or items that primarily benefit the employer. So, an employer cannot use uniform costs to partially meet its

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Top Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney Answers: Can my manager fire or demote me for using a breast pump at work? Does my employer have to accommodate my need to pump breast milk after I have a baby? What can I do if my employer fired me for pumping? It is often said there is nothing stronger than a mother’s love, and that a mother will do anything for her child. Well, in the case of nurse Susan Van Son, anything included smuggling a breast pump piece by piece into the prison where she worked. Why would a dedicated employee go to such extremes? Simple, because the only alternative her employer provided her was to pump in the public bathroom outside of the prison’s security checkpoint. Van Son decided to take radical action to avoid pumping in a smelly, cold, public bathroom.

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Best Ohio Employment Disability Discrimination Attorney Answer: Even though my doctor says I can do light duty work, can my employer say I must be 100 percent healthy to return to work? Does my job have to work with me if I am able to work but I need accommodations for my disability? Can my boss deny my return to work request? “My doctor said I can return to work, I just need to take it easy.” “I was hurt at work and had to take time off, but I can still do my job!” “I needed surgery on my knee, but I am ready to return to work, but HR won’t let me!” “I am sick of sitting at home and just want to get back to work, but my supervisor refused to put me on the schedule!” Every day the experienced employment discrimination attorneys at The Spitz Law Firm hear similar

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Best Ohio Religious Discrimination Attorney Answers: Can I sue if my co-workers harass me about my religion and call me a terrorist because I’m Muslim? My supervisor tells me I cannot wear my Muslim religious attire; what can I do? I was fired today because I’m Jewish; do I need a lawyer? When someone talks about discrimination it is usually about discrimination based on traits, such as race/color, gender/sex, national origin, and age. These are traits that a person cannot really change about themselves. These traits are also highly visible. For some reason lines often get blurred when it comes to religious discrimination. This is because unlike race, color, national origin, birth gender or age, religion is not necessarily a trait that an individual is born with, and it is trait

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Best Wrongful Termination Lawyer Reply: Can the company I work for transfer me in retaliation because I reported my boss for sexual harassment or race discrimination? If I sue my employer for gender discrimination, can they fire me? What should I do if I was fired today because I complained to human resources about religious discrimination? Everyone sees the world from a different perspective. Certainly, our employment law attorneys have seen some discrimination cases that are very clear cut. (See Law: My Boss Called Me Nigger and Monkey. Can I Sue For Employment Discrimination?; Race Discrimination: Using The “N-Word,” Even Once, Can Create A Hostile Work Environment; My Racist Boss Says “Nigger,” “Wetback,” “Wagon Burner,” & “Beaner” All The Time! I Need A

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Best Employment Discrimination Attorney Reply: Can I secretly record conversations I have with supervisors as evidence of his discrimination and harassment? How do I gather evidence of sexual harassment by my supervisor at work? Can I be fired for secretly recording conversations at work? Sometimes, we see the writing on the wall. My mother always taught me to trust my gut instinct, because it’s usually right. She told me that people don’t always tell you how they feel about you, but they’ll usually show you—pay attention to what your gut tells you. She’s right. Sometimes, employees get a feeling that they are going to be fired before they are actually terminated. Or maybe your boss is making comments over and over again that you know would be race/color, religion,

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