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Legal Discrimination: How Far Have We Come?

In January 1960, the undefeated Syracuse Orange football team beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl to win their only National Championship to date. This win was due in part to the performance of star running back Ernie Davis who would later be the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy and the first black man to be drafted #1 overall in the NFL draft. Syracuse University, however, did not attend the awards banquet later that night to celebrate their championship. Why? Davis and two of his black teammates were not invited to the dinner due to their race. In 1960, blatant racial discrimination like that was relatively commonplace. In 2016, it is completely unacceptable.

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6 Things to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act

EEOC v. Georgia Power Company proved that the Equal Employment Oppor­tunity Commission (EEOC) will pursue action against companies that discriminate against disabled employees. This case alleged Georgia Power Company breached federal law by disallowing employees to return to work following treatment for medical conditions. Georgia Power also refused to hire disabled applicants or those whom they perceived as disabled.

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Unions Strike against Verizon

Americans are struggling economically. As a result, 2016 Presidential campaigns address citizens’ grievances as a central part of their campaign platforms.

Workers claim corporations are greedy. They say big companies make business decisions that focus on profits over paying fair wages and benefits. Specifically, they complain that jobs are being sent overseas to workers who will work for less. In response, corporations argue that they’re just responding to the realities of a global economy. They say they must have the flexibility to make business decisions that keep them competitive. This is the central fight between Verizon’s union workers currently on strike and the telecommunications giant.

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Forgetting to Log Your Time Off During Summer Vacation: What Could Go Wrong?

As the holiday season approaches, employees will be turning their attention towards taking time off for their summer vacations. At the same time, their employers will already be considering how they will balance the needs of their employees with ensuring that they have enough people in the office or on the shop floor. During the vacation season, their employers will be concerned about coping with fewer workers than usual, and that business might be negatively affected.

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E-Verify: Federal Eligibility for Employment Explained

The E-Verify program is a key component of employment law in the United States. Why? Federal law obliges all companies to ensure that only citizens of the United States (or foreign citizens who have received the requisite legal authorization to work in the country) are able to take up jobs in America. Although the United States is unparalleled when it comes to its diversity, this does sometimes invite problems concerning unauthorized employment. The E-Verify system directly addresses these problems. In addition, it is Internet based—meaning that companies are able to quickly process applications. This helps them determine whether their employees, or their potential employees, have the legal right to work in the country.

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Demand Letters: How to Handle Them

Demand letters are formal notices that may be written by private individuals as well as lawyers. The term itself stems from the fact that the letters essentially require recipients to rectify an apparent wrong. Accusations that are made in demand letters include the need to pay a sum of money, or to perform a commitment that has been previously agreed in a contract. The reasons for demand letters are wide ranging and people receiving them might feel understandably threatened.

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Working While in Grad School: Getting Your Employer to Pay

Graduate school is expensive. That said, not everyone has the luxury of being able to be a full-time student. If you’ve made the decision to go for a higher degree while continuing to work full-time, you should see if your employer offers tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement. If your company does have a tuition reimbursement plan, or if you’ve talked them into offering you one, the next step is knowing your rights.

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Jury Selection & the Ross Harris Trial

The court and attorneys on both sides face an extra challenge when picking a jury in Cobb County, Georgia for the Justin Ross Harris trial, a case that has had heavy publicity. Mr. Harris is on trial for murder, malice murder, and child cruelty for the death of his 22-month-old son who died in June 2014, after being left in a hot car for over seven hours while his father was at work. Prosecutors accuse Harris of sending lewd text messages, having online conversations, and conducting incriminating Internet searches. Prosecutors believe this is evidence shows Harris’s motive, which was to live a childfree life.

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