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Does my state have parental leave laws?

As a worker in Missouri, you may wonder about your rights for time off work. This is especially true if your wife is about to have a baby or you are adopting a new child into your family. While maternity leave is quite common in companies, paternity leave is not something that is as widespread. Some states have adopted paternity leave laws, but Missouri is not one of them.

What is a hostile work environment?

Work is an unavoidable reality for many people in the Missouri area. They work to support themselves, their families and lifestyles. While many individuals have the education and credentials to work in careers of their choosing, other do not and are often left to choose work in places that may not be the best of environments for them. 

What are some common ways employers violate employee rights?

Many workers in Missouri assume their employers have their best interests in mind. They believe the policies and rules that are in place for their work environments are designed to protect them from abuse and mistreatment. Here at the law office of Hollingshead & Dudley, we know how common it is for employers to violate federal laws and engage in practices that violate their workers’ rights. Employees should learn about the rights and protections the federal law provides them so they can keep their jobs from infringing upon them. 

Huge award for wrongful termination claim against school district

Many people in Missouri are aware that their employers can fire them for any reason, as long as it does not violate their rights. However, what they might not know is what constitutes a violation of their rights and end up losing their jobs unlawfully. Employers must not engage in predatory practices and behaviors to encourage employees to work in toxic work environments, nor to quit their jobs. When they do, former workers can seek compensation. 

What are the limitation of age discrimination laws?

Discrimination in the workplace is something that despite all the laws and hardwork of legislatures still is prevalant. One area that often does not get the attention it deserves is age discrimination. If you are over the age of 40, then it is important to vigilant about how Missouri employers are treating you when it comes to your age. Making sure that you do not become a victim of discrimination simply because of how old you are can be tough, though, due to limitations on discrimination laws.

Should you sign an employment contract?

You may be offered an employment contract for a variety of reasons in Missouri. Not every employer will require one, but if you are told you will need to sign a contract to begin employment, it may help to learn more about your rights. That includes knowing when to not sign one.

Avoiding employment discrimination during pregnancy

Pregnant women in Missouri may face issues in the workplace due to their pregnant status. This is not okay and is against the law. Employers cannot discriminate against a person simply because of their health status. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains the law protects women in any stage of pregnancy and includes discrimination for anything relating to pregnancy, such as postpartum recuperation or pregnancy complications.

Legal definitions for a hostile work environment

If you are like many members of the Missouri workforce, you may show up to your job each day expecting less than favorable treatment from your boss, another superior or a colleague. In some cases, putting up with such situations is something you just have to deal with, but in others, such as when discriminatory actions make it virtually impossible for you to do your job, you may have legal recourse. At Hollingshead & Dudley Trial Lawyers, we have a firm understanding of what legally constitutes a hostile work environment, and we have assisted many employees who were struggling to stay productive in the workplace because of related issues.

Employers may not retaliate against you for taking these actions

When you show up to work in Missouri, you have certain protected rights, and your employer may not treat you in an unfavorable manner, should you make the decision to exercise them. At Hollingshead & Dudley Trial Lawyers, we have a firm understanding of what these rights are, and we have helped numerous clients who were victims of retaliation in the workplace because they chose to assert them.

How the OSH Act protects you as a whistleblower

As an employee in Missouri, you may find it necessary to “blow the whistle” on your employer and notify the proper authorities about safety or health-related wrongdoings in your place of business. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 protects you not only in your right to blow the whistle, but also to do so without having to fear retaliation at your place of employment because of your actions. The Hollingshead & Dudley Trial Lawyers have considerable experience representing clients who experience workplace retaliation after alerting authorities about unsafe, unhealthy or unethical business practices, and we have a firm understanding of what goes into building a retaliation case.

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