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2 disabled workers allege discrimination

From discrimination based upon an employee's gender to the rejection of an application solely because of a person's age, there are a number of examples of unlawful discrimination in the workplace. However, some workers may also find themselves facing discrimination because of their disability, which can be very devastating. In Washington, D.C., and across the United States, workers who believe they have been illegally discriminated against because of their disability should not hesitate to stand up for themselves.

Two disabled veterans who have been employed by a bank claim that they have been subjected to discrimination. According to the two employees, they are being forced to work longer hours and relocate to the bank's Washington D.C. headquarters, which would be especially difficult due to their disabilities. Furthermore, another employee, also a veteran with a disability, said that she was denied a promotion and is currently involved in a lawsuit with her employer.

Harassment at work: Understanding your rights

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Every employee deserves to work in an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and other examples of unfair treatment. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

Harassment in the workplace can take many forms. It is generally defined as bullying or other behavior that is threatening, belittling or aggravating to another employee. Making fun of a co-workers religious practices or national origin, for example, may be considered harassment. Making jokes about an employee's age or disability may also be considered harassment.

Breaking: New Guidance from OPM Regarding Criminal and Financial Background Checks

On January 3, 2017, the Obama administration enacted a rule, "Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General)" and "Suitability," designed to open federal employment to applicants who have been shut out of federal employment due to prior incarcerations or bad credit. Under the new rule, agencies can request an applicant's criminal or adverse credit history only after they make a conditional offer of employment. Agencies have until March 31, 2017, to come into compliance with the rule.

Employment contracts: security or shackles?

When a company in Washington, D.C., offers you an employment contract, you want to believe that the document is mutually beneficial. While it should protect you from unfair actions and assure the company that you plan to be a good employee, making the assumption that the contract does this could get you into a tight spot.

Your eyes may naturally be drawn to the section that talks about your pay and benefits, but according to Monster.com, your financial success can be tied to other factors in the employment contract. For example, the employer may expect you to sign a noncompete agreement that keeps you from working in the field or starting your own company for months after your job ends. This could lead to a period of under- or unemployment at a time when you need the income the most. The contract could also forbid you to work for another employer, or for yourself, during your time with the company, tying you to the single income.

How to recognize signs of sexual harassment in the workplace

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Sexual harassment is something no worker should ever have to experience. Unfortunately, it happens in workplaces all over the country.

It can be difficult to identify sexual harassment. Victims may feel helpless and embarrassed - and they may question what they are experiencing is truly sexual harassment.

What, exactly, does sexual harassment in the workplace look like? What behaviors are considered sexual harassment?

Appealing a revoked security clearance

Working for the federal government in Washington, D.C., may provide you with many opportunities not available in the private sector. However, if your security clearance has been revoked, you could be facing a number of serious consequences. We at Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C., have often assisted clients in the appeals process following a revoked security clearance.

You will receive a statement that explains why your security clearance was revoked. In order to get it reinstated, you must challenge the revocation decision, and there is a deadline. In most cases, this is between 15 and 30 days after you receive the notice, so you should not delay in preparing your response. Your approach to the appeal will vary based on the reason given to you for the denial, as well as other factors.

How to recognize signs of age discrimination in the workplace

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In a perfect world, employees would be hired and evaluated based on their knowledge, skills, and work ethic. Unfortunately this doesn't always happen. Discrimination in its many forms can make for a toxic work environment - affecting the victim of discrimination as well as other employees and the workplace as a whole.

Why the EPA could be federal workers' ground zero

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The Government Accountability Project might be busier now than ever before. The organization backs whistleblowers. In recent days, it has dealt with an influx of concerns and questions brought to them by federal workers facing the Trump administration. Take acting Attorney General Sally Yates' firing as a prime example of the bad that can happen for refusing to follow executive orders.

Yates had ordered the DOJ not to defend Trump's immigration ban. Trump fired Yates that same night. As Politico reports - and as you'd expect - the largest group of federal workers who've called the Government Accountability Project are those who "want to know what to do if they're asked to violate the law."

On that note, we turn our attention to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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