Employment Law Articles

Laws Enforced by the EEOC

What is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? We explain what it is and what it's for.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal administrative agency that handles employment discrimination and harassment charges. In general, federal laws prohibiting workplace discrimination are enforced by the EEOC. These federal laws are passed by Congress and subsequently signed by the President.

The following is a list of federal laws that […]

What is the EEOC?

What is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? We explain what it is and what it's for.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal administrative agency that handles employment discrimination and harassment charges. The EEOC enforces several federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a protected trait  or characteristic. For example, the EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it […]

Understanding Overtime Pay Rights

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must receive overtime pay for any hours worked exceeding 40 in one workweek. The FLSA is a federal statute that establishes overtime and minimum wage laws affecting employees across the country. The FLSA distinguishes between exempt and non-exempt employees for purposes of overtime pay. A non-exempt employee is someone who is paid on […]

What is Equal Employment Opportunity?

What is Equal Employment Opportunity? We discuss the laws and how they help AmericansEqual Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of certain characteristics. This means individuals are entitled to be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin and sex. In addition, EEO laws protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, age, disabilities, […]

Can You Be Denied FMLA?

Eligible employees are entitled to 12 weeks of leave for certain family and medical reasons under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The FMLA is a federal law that provides certain eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. The FMLA does not guarantee paid time off. Rather, the Act only requires 12 weeks of unpaid leave. However, an employee can elect to use accrued paid leave, such as […]