What Is Unlawful Employer Retaliation?

Employers retaliate against their employees for all kinds of reasons and in all kinds of ways. Some of those reasons, while often unfair and contemptible, are perfectly legal. While others constitute violations of the law. It can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. To constitute unlawful retaliation, an employer’s negative employment action […]

Paid A Salary? You Still May Be Entitled To Overtime Wages.

State and federal law generally require most employers to pay their employees overtime wages unless the employee is exempt. One such exemption exists for certain salaried employees. However, just because an employer has decided to pay you a salary, does not necessarily mean that you are automatically exempt from overtime wage laws. In order to […]

The Rights Of The At Will Employee

Most states, including Rhode Island and Massachusetts, follow the so-called “employment at will” doctrine. This means that in the absence of a contract (either through a union or otherwise), an employee may be fired for any reason or no reason at all. Employment at will essentially means that employees are afforded very few protections against […]

Why Age Discrimination is a Growing Problem

All forms of discrimination are disgusting. And employees are entitled to be judged on the merits of their performance, not their race, color, gender, or other irrelevant consideration. But age discrimination is especially egregious for two related reasons. First, older employees who have been illegally terminated based on their age are less likely than younger […]

Your Facebook Posts Can Get You Fired, But Maybe Not Ruin Your Chance To Collect Unemployment

Hate your job or your boss? Feel free to let some steam out when around friends or family. But be careful jumping on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to complain. A Rhode Island delivery driver lost his job when his boss, who had been blocked on Facebook by the driver, used a third person’s profile to read the driver’s negative Facebook posts about the boss.