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Does your employee handbook address sexual harassment?

If you are experiencing sexual harassment in your place of employment, check your employee handbook to find out how the company addresses this subject.

Sexual harassment creates a hostile work environment. Your employer must take steps to stop this from happening as outlined in the handbook, but is company policy sufficient to stop the problem?

Are you experiencing retaliation for protected conduct?

Perhaps you have worked for the same company for several years, but a new manager is disrupting your formerly peaceful work environment.

You reported illegal practices that took place within your department, an action that falls under the heading of protected conduct, and you believe that your manager is retaliating against you. What should you do?

To learn about nursing home neglect, speak with volunteers

Perhaps you volunteered at a nursing home once, so you know about the bonds that develop between volunteers and residents.

Now, your elderly parent is a resident in a busy nursing home, and you worry about neglect as well as abuse. Could a volunteer provide you with information the staff holds back?

Is your Mom’s nursing home doing enough to prevent bedsores?

Let us say that your mother has been a nursing home resident for almost a year. In most respects, you feel satisfied with the care she receives.

However, she is frail, spends a good deal of time in bed and requires a wheelchair to get around. You have heard about the dangers of bedsores. Is the nursing home staff on top of this issue?

What constitutes as a hostile work environment?

Workplace harassment still runs rampant throughout the state of Missouri. Individuals employed by the Missouri Department of Corrections recently received awards of $4 million for suffering from harassment or fear or retaliation while working for the organization. 

The term "hostile work environment" may seem like an open-ended concept. What constitutes a hostile work environment, and how do people know when they are in one? Essentially, it involves a workplace where a worker experienced discrimination based on his or her age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or another protected factor. It is vital to understand the signs of a hostile work environment and how to prove such an environment in court.

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.

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