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What are some ways managers violate FMLA rules?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides unpaid leave to workers for medical issues they or their loved ones are experiencing. There are a number of rules in place dictating the proper FMLA procedures, both for employees as well as employers. According to SHRM.org, many supervisors violate these rules and regulations, both intentionally and unintentionally. This can result in legal woes if a worker files a claim stating that his or her rights have been violated.

Underpayment and other examples of mistreatment

Many people wake up in the morning and prepare for a long day ahead, in which they will strive to perform their job duties to the best of their ability and earn enough money to support themselves. Unfortunately, not all of these hard-working people are treated fairly by their employers. There are many examples of wage and hour violations that we have covered, and in this post, we will look into underpaid wages and other examples of employer wrongdoing. Sadly, many employees are not paid what they are owed, and some do not even realize it.

Can my employer dictate my hairstyle?

A hairstyle is an often personal, sometimes artistic expression of a person's self. Many people of color experience discrimination in the workplace based on their hairstyles and this issue is becoming more and more relevant as people come forward to speak about discriminatory experiences. In this case, Forbes urges employers to reassess their policies on personal grooming to ensure they're not inadvertently using a discriminatory practice. 

Can you fire someone over a mental illness?

Many workers suffer from some form of mental illness, including things like depression and anxiety. Even if a mental health disorder makes it more difficult to do your job, your employer is not allowed to fire for this reason alone. The U.S. Equal Employment Commission explains how mental disorders must be treated in the place of work to ensure employers are compliant with prevailing regulations. 

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