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April 14, 2022

Shocked woman reading a message on her laptopMany companies shifted to a remote work model in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That means their employees have parted ways with various aspects of physical workplaces. And while commuting and in-person meetings have become a thing of the past for some, sexual harassment...

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March 30, 2022

Man getting scolded at work by his bossLet’s say that you worked up the courage to report an issue such as fraud or corruption in your workplace. Then you eagerly looked forward to seeing the matter set right. Instead of achieving the resolution you desired, you were called into your boss’ office and fired on the spot.

This scenario is just one of many ways that retaliation...

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February 18, 2022

Woman snapping cigarette in halfWhistleblowers play an important role in exposing corruption and wrongdoing. Not everyone who raises a concern about a possible violation or engages in another protected activity makes headlines. However, some whistleblowers have exposed large-scale...

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January 26, 2022

Word denied spelled on wood blocksMillions of people have been granted security clearances. However, that certainly does not mean that security clearances are easy to obtain. Even maintaining your eligibility can be a difficult task. 

In fact,...

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December 16, 2021

Woman experiencing workplace sexual harassment Workplace sexual harassment can interfere with your ability to perform your job, but it can also take a significant toll on your mental health. You may feel powerless to stand up for yourself. And you may not realize that there are ways to stop the unwelcome and inappropriate...

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October 19, 2021

It is not always easy to do the right thing. The threat of retaliation is a significant concern for those upstanding individuals who bravely decide to speak up about injustices and misdeeds. Fortunately, various laws protect whistleblowers against retaliation and help them fight back.

Whether you are worried about retaliation or are already experiencing it after exercising your rights, you do not have to face these...

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August 11, 2021

Whistleblowers bravely report illegal or unethical activities within their workplace. However, myths about whistleblower protections, retaliation, and compensation abound, preventing individuals from standing up for what is right. Here are a few false beliefs about qui tam actions:

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June 18, 2021

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 You have all the traits of a good employee. You are dedicated, reliable, and experienced in your field. Yet others make unfair judgments about you due to your age. Fortunately, there are federal and state laws in place to protect people over 40 from workplace discrimination.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967...

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April 15, 2021

Car accident to-do listNo one expects to get hit by another driver and yet there are millions of car accidents every year. Do you know what to do if you’re ever involved in a crash? Take these six steps to protect yourself — and make it easier to recover the compensation you deserve through a lawsuit:

  1. Call 911: Whether you’ve been in a minor fender bender or a major collision, it’s...
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February 11, 2021

Employee rights in Virginia Although it may not always feel like it, you have numerous rights as an employee. If someone else violates those rights and creates an unhealthy or dysfunctional workplace, you could have grounds for a legal claim. Here’s a basic overview of your employee rights that may come in handy if you find yourself in a difficult situation.

First of all, employees have a right to privacy in the workplace....

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