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Were you penalized for a workplace discrimination complaint?

When you are discriminated against in the workplace, especially by a manager, it can be a very confusing situation to navigate. You may worry that you are overreacting in regard to the treatment. However, something inside of you tells you that the actions were not right. When you make a complaint about the discrimination that you received, it could be possible that this is met with anger by the perpetrator. As a result, you might suffer further mistreatment.

Can I waive my rights against age discrimination?

As the workforce in America continues to evolve, older employees regularly find themselves at a significant disadvantage the workplace. No matter how dedicated and involved a person is in developing business practices and technology, it is always difficult to remain fluent in these changes as a person ages.

Your employer can't require you to work 'off the clock'

It's a problem that's all too common for those who work in retail or restaurant environments. Your manager approaches you, tells you to clock out and then directs you to return to work. Perhaps you're asked to do prep work for the next day, cleaning or inventory work. Whatever the task being requested of you, your employer simply has no right to demand unpaid work from anyone making an hourly wage.

Have you been a victim of indirect discrimination?

With the recent headlines about sexual harassment and discrimination in Hollywood and other high-profile arenas, you may be becoming more aware of what is and is not acceptable in your own workplace. Since many of the current claims that are making headlines contain relatively straightforward allegations about prohibited behavior that is clearly outlined in employment law, it is easy to identify them as violations. However, this is another kind of discrimination that is harder to identify.

My boss demoted me after I got pregnant. Do I have any recourse?

Question: I have worked at the same company as a bartender for the last five years. I worked my way up so that I was getting the shifts that had the best tips (weekend evenings and closing shifts, generally.) I am now five months pregnant and I am starting to show. My boss has suddenly taken me off those shifts and put me only on lunch shifts—where I make far less money. He did this to the last girl who was pregnant, too. Can he do this?