law + order

Wondering what’s legal and illegal at work? Answers to your questions about law + order at work.

my boss removed me from a work trip because I’m a woman

A reader writes: I work for a government organization that is a subset of county government. In this organization, very rarely, employees may be sent on trips to pick up items that cannot be mailed. These trips vary from one hour to eight hours round trip. Last week, my department had one of these trips, […]

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my employer gives extra perks to thin people

A reader writes: I’ve just learned that my new employer gives extra perks to people who meet certain health metrics. BMI is one of the health metrics they use to determine if you receive the extra perks. Everyone gets a certain level of discount on the company’s products. But if you meet a certain level […]

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I’m a member of The Satanic Temple and got outed at work

A reader writes: I’m a member of The Satanic Temple. That information got out at work and now things are unpleasant and awkward. I became a passionate patients’ rights advocate when a family member almost died after they were denied emergency medical treatment on religious grounds. The unexpected delay in care almost cost my family […]

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my new boss ran his own background check on me

A reader writes: I have worked in my department in a large organization for 17 years. A coworker was promoted to be my boss. I suffer from PTSD, depression, and anxiety, and while having a high-stress day, I was called to his office. I just needed a half day to take a timeout and speak […]

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my employees got into a religious argument and now things are in chaos

A reader writes: I have a situation regarding a argument regarding spiritual/religious beliefs in my office. I’m a team lead and oversee 10 people. I have two employees, Fred and George, who are the office jokesters. Both are liberal practicing Muslims. Another employee, Harry, is a practicing Wiccan. Recently there was a situation where Fred […]

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my VP of HR says my service dog is too small

A reader writes: I work for a small-ish company (80) people. I have epilepsy and I have a seizure alert dog. She can detect when I am about to have a seizure, which helps me get somewhere safe (she’s alerted when I’m on the stairs so I know to sit down immediately, or if I’m […]

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boss organizes a poker game to determine end-of-year bonuses

A reader writes: Is it legal for my husband’s boss to have his employees play poker to determine their bonuses? The backstory begins last winter, when a declaration was made by the owner of the company, “Michael,” that Christmas poker would be played in the office! So Michael walks in like Santa Claus with thousands […]

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how will the vaccine mandate work exactly?

Earlier this month, President Biden announced an (excellent) series of measures to combat Covid-19 more aggressively, including a mandate that many employers require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. At New York Magazine today, I explain how it’ll work: What does the mandate require and who does it cover? What if your […]

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