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Know the law to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

Hae you experienced sexual harassment in your place of work? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is one of the agencies that investigates these complaints. The EEOC offers information for employers and employees about dealing with sexual harassment.

Typically, the employer is liable if a supervisor creates a hostile work environment. An employer has to be proactive in preventing and correcting sexual harassment on the job. According to the EEOC, the employer can also avoid liability if the employee “unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer.”   

Are you a misclassified employee?

Are you a self-employed worker or an employee? Many employers try to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees to avoid paying taxes and providing benefits. The IRS has rules about classifying workers correctly, but because there is no checklist that works for every scenario, it can be a complex situation. However, it is important to your finances to have the correct classification.

Rules that determine your classification

Pregnant women often experience workplace discrimination

Signs indicate that Missouri is well on its way to becoming a right-to-work state, which would essentially mean that as a Missouri employee, you could be terminated at any time and for virtually any reason. There is a major caveat, however. Even if Missouri does move forward with becoming a right-to-work state, state employers may not fire you for reasons that infringe upon your civil rights, such as pregnancy status.

Examples of sexual harassment

You might feel like you are being subjected to sexual harassment at your workplace but are not sure if you have the basis for a legal claim. There are various examples of what constitutes sexual harassment under local, state and federal laws. Sexual harassment takes many discriminatory forms of verbal and physical actions from coworkers and supervisors.

How to spot a mail scam

The Nigerian email scam is so popular it's practically a brand, a punch line to a bad joke. For many senior citizens and vulnerable adults, these scams aren't so light hearted. Sure, it's easy to hit the delete button or throw a fishy looking letter in the trashcan for many, but circumstance and mental capacity can put victims in harm's way from a simple trip to the mailbox.

Senior citizens suffering from dementia are a frequent target and promises of easy wealth and a relaxed retirement have a powerfully persuasive pull. Many senior citizens also feel a pronounced loneliness that enhances vulnerability.

Why you should speak up about racial discrimination

Do you always get the unpleasant tasks at work even though your coworker, who just started, has already been promoted? Does it feel like you're always put on solo jobs in the back room while your co-workers are doing work elsewhere? Do you suspect it's because of your race? If something doesn't smell right, it may be illegal.

What is discrimination?

Thanks to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, discrimination against an employee based on race, religion, ethnicity, sex and color of skin is illegal. Discrimination isn't restricted to being hired or fired based on one of those protected classes, though.

Myths of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment can happen in all jobs and industries, and to both men and women. It is a serious offense, and yet 75% of people who experience sexual harassment in the workplace don't report it. One reason for that is that many don't know sexual harassment when they witness it. Alternatively, they don't understand that much of what they already know is a myth.

The dangers of texting while driving and why Missouri's ban isn't enough

While most other states have banned texting while driving for all drivers, Missouri lags behind with a ban solely for drivers under 21. Missouri's attempt to expand that to all drivers in 2015 fell short. This year, the House and Senate have heard testimony on another bill that would ban all drivers from texting while driving in all but emergency situations. If the bill passes, the law will likely go into effect in August.

Why you should support a texting ban

A 2015 survey by Erie Insurance and reported on distraction.gov found that one third of drivers admit to texting while driving.

Know how to respond if a car defect causes injury

Many Missouri residents know that there is the risk of a car accident when driving in a vehicle. People may believe that negligent drivers, road hazards and other unexpected circumstances can cause a wreck. However, many people may not realize that the danger often comes from within a person's car. Auto part defects and failures are more common than people may realize.

Defective car parts, such as tires, airbags and seatbelts, can cause serious, and even fatal, injuries to people within the car. Sadly, these defects are often due to manufacturing errors or design errors caused by car manufacturers. In many cases, car companies fail to take proper precautions to protect consumers from the deadly defects. Sometimes these manufacturers are downright negligent.

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