Tax Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Laws

“Whistleblowing” or reporting an employer’s violations of internal revenue laws is a method of uncovering tax fraud.  Often, employees closest to a company are the first to notice an employer’s non-compliance with tax laws. The Taxpayer First Act (“TFA”) provides protection for a tax whistleblower who uncovers an employee’s non-compliance with internal revenue laws, including… Read More

Same Work, Same Wage: Protecting Yourself Against Unequal Pay

Both federal and state laws protect against wage discrimination based on sex. The passing of Alabama’s Clarke-Figures Equal Pay Act (CFEPA) also forbids wage discrimination based on sex and race. Do I have a claim under the federal EPA or Alabama’s CFEPA? Under the federal Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d), a plaintiff must… Read More

Dillard’s to Pay $900,000 for Failure to Advertise Management Positions, Failure to Hire Black Interns, Among Other Unlawful Conduct

Dillard’s, Inc., a well-known department store chain based out of Little Rock, Arkansas, will pay $900,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the EEOC for alleged failure to promote African American employees based on race.  The EEOC also alleged that Dillard’s discriminated in its intern-selection process based on race. In its suit against the company,… Read More

EEOC Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with Montgomery, Alabama Apartment Complex

The EEOC recently settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit it filed on behalf of a female employee against an apartment complex located in Montgomery, Alabama.  The settlement required the management company to pay $42,500.00 and comply with other training obligations by mandated by the EEOC. In January 2018, Multi-South Management took over a large apartment complex in… Read More

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Greater Protection for LGBTQi+ Employees

“An employer who fires an employee merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” – Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch The Supreme Court kicked off Pride Month 2020 in a meaningful way.  On June 15, 2020, the Court issued the landmark holding of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.  The Court ruled that Title VII of… Read More

Should I report harassment or discrimination to my employer?

After an employee has suffered from discrimination, sexual harassment, or unlawful retaliation in the workplace, one of the immediate key issues is whether they should report the issue to their employer. This is a critical issue and one that must be handled properly to ensure a positive outcome for the employee. While each employer is… Read More

FMLA Interference and Retaliation

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job protected unpaid leave a year.  To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have worked for their employer for 12 months and 1,250 hours within the last 12 months. An… Read More