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That emoji in a text message could impact a harassment case

Text messages are often used as evidence in sexual harassment cases. A lot of harassment happens virtually these days, whether that means sending pictures or written messages.

But there's one other component to consider: The emoji. This small symbol, meant to quickly express an emotion, could play a huge role in a case.

Wrongful termination: Should you negotiate a severance package?

If you have reason to believe you are the victim of a wrongful termination, the first thing you should do is review your employee handbook and employment contract. This will give you a clear idea of the processes and procedures your employer must follow in the event of a termination.

When reviewing your contract, pay close attention to any mention of a severance package. If your contract requires your employer to pay severance as a result of your termination, discuss the details of collecting this with the HR department.

Indiana lawmaker working to close sexual harassment loopholes

An Indiana state representative who says that she was the victim of sexual harassment has introduced four bills aimed at holding state officials and lawmakers accountable for such behavior. Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon of Munster is one of the women who has accused Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill of inappropriate behavior. Another one of his accusers works in the Indiana Senate.

One of the bills would make lewd touching a felony instead of a misdemeanor if it involves things like drugging a victim, threatening or using deadly force or if the assailant is a state lawmaker or other office holder.

Avoid social media until your case is resolved

Social media has changed the way we communicate and view the world, and for many people, it's our main source of information. We share and post about everything-our stories, complaints, triumphs and tragedies. We follow the daily happenings of our friends and get the latest news updates.

For a lot of us, it has become second nature to use social media. And because it's an everyday part of our lives, often nothing is off limits. However, sharing on social media might also mean unintentionally communicating information that you might otherwise avoid sharing with the public, especially if you're involved in a court case.

Losing your job while on Family And Medical Leave Act leave

As an employee, if you qualify for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) there may come a time when you want to take advantage of these benefits. For example, this is common when caring for a sick spouse or after having a child.

While it's your right to request FMLA leave, many people opt against doing so because they're afraid of losing their jobs.

Which types of employer actions are considered to be retaliatory?

According the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), workplace retaliation is the primary type of discrimination that federal workers face.

Individuals who apply for or hold government jobs aren't the only ones who are punished, harassed or discriminated against for engaging in activities protected by Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws though. Many who work in the private and public sectors are retaliated against as well.

When should I tell my boss that I am pregnant?

Learning that you are pregnant is a wonderful experience, and it is likely that you will be bursting with excitement, wanting to tell everyone you know. However, you may be concerned about breaking the news to your boss, and you may even be worried that the pregnancy and subsequent maternity leave may have an impact on your career.

If you are worried about this, it is very important that you take the time to equip yourself with the facts, since this will surely reassure you. The Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is in place across the United States and offers a great deal of protections and rights for new mothers. It can be especially beneficial if you are among the 87 percent of private industry workers who do not have access to paid family leave.

Former Indiana office clerk files wrongful termination lawsuit

A former clerk in the office of the Hamilton County, Indiana, treasurer has sued the county, claiming wrongful termination.

In her lawsuit filing, the 13-year veteran county employee said she was fired because leaders in the office feared she would tell what she knew about how county employees avoided paying fees on property taxes that were received late in the treasurer's office.

A former city of Indianapolis worker files a discrimination claim

On Oct. 21, a one-time city of Indianapolis employee filed a reverse discrimination lawsuit in federal court against his former employer. In his filing, he accused them of having fired him because of his age and race. He also said that he believes his firing had to do with him verbally expressing his support for President Donald Trump and regularly wearing a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap to work.

Up until his firing in April, the self-described Caucasian employee worked for the city's Department of Public Works. He noted in his filing that he was born in 1958.

Working moms: your rights in the office

In today’s society, working mothers are extremely common. Women who balance work life and family time are not unusual but in some cases, even modern-day workplaces do not respect or account for this. Working mothers have certain rights that can help them juggle their work and family responsibilities, but unfortunately, some companies do not comply with these policies.

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