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Employment Discrimination in Philadelphia

Employment discrimination in the workplace can take on a number of different forms. Often, you may be unsure of whether your actions may be taken as employment discrimination or if you have been the victim of employment discrimination. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employer with fifteen or more employees may not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender or religion.

If you need advice on an employment law issue, including employment discrimination, you should speak with a Philadelphia Employment attorney. You can find Philadelphia employment attorneys through FindLaw’s directory.

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Can You Fire Someone For Not Smiling?

Marie Rogai, the former principal of Cardinal O'Hara High School, has filed a lawsuit against Archdiocese of Philadelphia alleging that she was fired for not smiling enough, according to

Most positions are at-will employment, which means that employers can pretty much terminate your job at any time for almost any reason.

However, even if the employment is at-will, employers can still be sued for wrongful termination if they fire a worker for illegal reasons.

20 Common Interview Questions That Are Illegal to Ask

People often assume common interview questions are lawful questions. But alas, some of the most common questions employers ask during interviews cross the boundary into potentially unlawful employment practices.

To help you figure out the do's and don'ts of interview questions, let's play a game of 20 questions.

How to File an EEOC Complaint in Pennsylvania

If you believe that you were unlawfully discriminated against at work, you can file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Here are the three first steps to take to file an EEOC complaint in Pennsylvania:

Can Smokers Be Denied Job Offers?

A few hospitals in Pennsylvania began testing employment candidates for nicotine and could deny smokers from getting the job.

Treating nicotine like drugs and alcohol could mean that potential employees could lose their job offers if they test positive for nicotine, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Although some people may think denying smokers the job is extreme, this isn't the first time that smoking has interfered with employment.

Disability Discrimination and Accomodation: 3 Common Cases

Anti-discrimination laws exist in every state to prevent discrimination against employees based on disability and other protected categories. Both Pennsylvania law and federal law require Philadelphia businesses to afford those employees some reasonable accommodations.

Here are three common situations in which a business is legally required to accommodate an employee and prohibited from discrimination:

Can Employers Ask About an Applicant's Criminal History?

Employers perform background checks for a number of reasons. Whether or not it's for a valid reason, an applicant's background check can affect a candidate's ability to get a job. But in Philadelphia, employers should be wary of digging into a candidate's criminal history -- it could be illegal.

In step with many states and cities across the country, the city of Philadelphia restricts an employer's ability to ask job applicants about their criminal history.

How to Conduct an Employee Investigation

Employers oftentimes receive complaints of harassment and discrimination by their employees. However, many employers do not know how to properly investigate these claims leading to potential liability for the employer itself.

Discrimination and harassment complaints are a huge headache for employers. Nobody likes an employment lawsuit, and nobody likes dealing with allegations of discrimination. However, failure to look into the matter more has notoriously led to multi-million dollar liability for many companies.

So when an employee complains about discrimination, you'd better take that complaint seriously. In addition, you will need to know how to conduct an employee investigation and how to take action to stop the alleged discriminatory activity.

8 Different Types of Employment Discrimination

If you are wondering whether you face illegal discrimination at work, you must first become familiar with the different categories of employment discrimination.

The categories of protected characteristics are important because if you are discriminated against for any other reason, you may not be able to bring a valid claim under the law.

For example, your employer can give a raise to someone else based purely on jealousy, personality, or just because the employer does not like you. Only when the employer bases employment decisions on protected characteristics or activities does the employer venture into illegal discrimination.

So which characteristics and activities are considered "protected"?

How to File an Employment Discrimination Charge

If you believe you are discriminated at work or are subject to illegal harassment, you will want to know how to file an employment discrimination charge.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles discrimination charges and you will first have to file your complaint with them before bringing a private action.

Here's how to file a charge with the EEOC:

The 5 Most Outrageous Employment Lawsuits of 2012

It's the new year and hopefully a fresh start for many employees. The job market seems to be picking up and people have a renewed fresh outlook once again, as the year starts.

We've covered many lawsuits in the employment arena over the last 12 months. Some of these were local and others were national. But here's our roundup of the Top 5 most crazy and/or most interesting employment lawsuits:

1. Former Partner Sues Greenberg Traurig Over Gender Discrimination

The prize for the most large-scale and ambitious lawsuit goes to the Greenberg Traurig lawsuit. Only this time, instead of defending a lawsuit, the mega law firm is finding itself defending against a lawsuit, as it has been named as the defendant. The lawsuit was brought by a former partner who claims that women were treated differently than men on the job.