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Donna Ballman’s Legal Guides

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  • Overview of Employee Rights

    Many employees are confused about their rights in the workplace. You may have rights you didnt even know about, or think you have rights that dont exist. This article will cover some basic employee rights, and try to clear up some misconceptions. Discrimination You DO have the ri...

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  • Why Do I Need An Employment Lawyer? Do I Have a Case?

    In general, there is no such thing as wrongful termination/discipline in most states if you don't have a contract saying you can only be fired for cause. So why on earth would you ever need an employment lawyer? How do you figure out if you have a case? Why Do I Need An Employmen...

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  • Employer Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

    While it may be satisfying to complain about your boss, the truth is, complaining can and will get you fired. While most people think we have free speech in this country, there's no First Amendment in the private workplace. If you work for the government, you do have free speech ...

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  • Arbitration Agreements and Waiver of Right to Trial

    Arbitration agreements and waiver of right to trial pop up all over the place in employment situations. Some of the documents employers like to stick them to get you to sign away your right to sue are applications, handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements, union c...

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  • General Harassment And Bullying Vs. Illegal Harassment

    Many employees have the mistaken belief that, if they are being harassed by their employer, a supervisor, or a co-worker or they are in a "hostile work environment" that they automatically have a claim against the employer. This is simply not the case. While general harassment an...

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  • Being Harassed? Nine Ways Your Employer Might Be Liable And What To Do

    Discriminatory Harassment Harassment due to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, color, disability, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information is illegal. If you're being subjected to comme

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  • Fired or Harassed Due to Family Responsibilities? Seven Ways Your Employer Might be Liable

    Sexual stereotyping If your employer assumes that, just because you are a woman, you will be the primary caregiver and can’t devote enough time to your job; that because you are pregnant, you won’t w

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  • Are You Protected by the Florida Whistleblower Act?

    Have you recently objected to any activity, policy, or practice of the employer which is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation? Unlike many whistleblower protections, your objection doesn’t have

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  • Top Five Ways Your Non-Compete Agreement May Be Unenforceable in Florida

    Employer breaches the contract If your employer put the non-compete provision in an employment contract spelling out compensation, insurance and other conditions of employment, it is important to hav

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  • How to Determine Whether You were Fired Illegally under Florida Law

    Did my supervisors make any comments indicating bias? If your supervisor made racist or sexist jokes, said they thought you were too old or your disability made you unable to do the job, required you

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