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How to respond to sexual harassment

Your workplace should be a safe environment in all respects. This includes your right to be free of any type of sexual harassment, including requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, sexual comments and physical touching.

Sadly, harassers are present in many workplaces across the country. This behavior is not only immoral and unprofessional, but it is also illegal. Unfortunately, employees and leadership tolerate it in many places. How can you respond to unwelcome sexual behavior? Here are some suggestions for what to do when you are a target of sexual harassment at your job.

Dog breeds most likely to bite humans

Dogs may be man's best friend, but sometimes, they do not act like it. 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Out of that number, approximately 800,000 people need to get medical care. 

Any time you are near a dog you have never met before, you need to approach it with caution. You even need to be careful around dogs you have seen numerous times before because anything can trigger a canine to bite. Here are some dog bite statistics, so you know which breeds you need to watch out for the most. 

Warning signs of bad nursing homes

When you find a nursing home for your elderly parent, you hope it is a positive and healthy environment. After all, these people are professionals who are responsible for the health and well-being of their residents. Unfortunately, some nursing home facilities can be detrimental to the physical and mental health of residents. 

How do you recognize a bad nursing home? Here are some signs to watch for before and after placing your parent in one. 

How to recognize age discrimination in the workplace

The American workforce has many unique, diverse individuals. Workers come from all kinds of different backgrounds and have varying degrees of experience. Unfortunately, many workplaces discriminate against particularly young or old employees, which can be grounds for a lawsuit. 

All types of discrimination have protections under federal law. Ageism is a real issue, and you should be able to recognize the signs when it happens to you or one of your coworkers.

Do not be afraid to speak up about workplace discrimination

Fears about revealing workplace discrimination are understandable because the situation involves a power imbalance, but the law protects workers.

Here are some reasons why it is crucial that you speak up if you experience or witness discriminatory behaviors in your workplace.

Were you terminated due to racial discrimination?

It is hard to believe, but some employees still experience racial discrimination in the workplace in spite of the protections of the Civil Rights Act, which was passed more than half a century ago.

Some employees are even terminated because of racial discrimination. Has this happened to you?

How clean is the nursing home you are considering for Mom?

If you believe the time has come for your elderly mother to enter a nursing home, your first consideration will be about the level of care she would receive.

Your next thought should be about the facility itself. Does the nursing home you have in mind maintain a clean, sanitary environment? Does it comply with state regulations?

Is an independent contractor harassing your co-workers?

The offensive behavior of anyone can create a workplace environment that becomes stressful at the very least and takes away the enthusiasm you once felt for your job.

If this has happened in your company, you may have discovered that unwelcome conduct is not limited to employees, and even from outsiders, it may be harassment.

Key elements to prepare for a dog bite claim

Though dogs are seen as man's best friend, sometimes circumstances and temperaments can change that. When a dog attacks, it can lead to serious injury and trauma.

Thankfully, there are legal actions that people can take to gain reparations for the incident. When preparing a dog bite claim, there are a few key elements to be aware of.

Reasonable accommodation for disabled employees

If you have a disability, federal and Missouri law may require employers to provide reasonable accommodation that would enable you to perform your job duties. Refusing to accommodate can be discrimination and may violate the law.

There are several complex issues to consider when determining if illegal discrimination has actually occurred. Some people grit their teeth and accept extremely unfair treatment, while others may see every annoyance as cause for a lawsuit. If you suspect your employer is acting in a discriminatory way, consulting an attorney with experience in this legal area is the best way to assess your situation and possible options.

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