law + order

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

my new job sprang a surprise medical exam on me

A reader writes: I’m going to be working in in an office department of a company that manufactures items. They have the whole manufacturing plant and the office all in one big building, and when I was hired they explained to me that there are a lot of rules that come over from the manufacturing […]

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my manager and a coworker had sex in his office, loudly

A reader writews: If you’re going for your WTF square on your work bingo card, here you go. I work for a small company. When I got this job last year, I didn’t work for my current manager. “Bill” got promoted and my boss, who I respected, left and Bill took her place. Bill has […]

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how do I tell our HR director she’s breaking the law?

A reader writes: Our HR director sent a message to everyone today saying that due to many people failing to take their required lunch breaks every day, they are instituting a policy by which your time will be deducted automatically if you do not take a lunch. This is illegal in our state, but I […]

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how to tell your employer that you’re bringing in a lawyer

If you’ve tried to resolve a labor law violation with your employer without success and are at the point where you’ve hired a lawyer who’s going to contact your employer to help advocate for you, you might wonder how to tell your employer that. Do you say nothing and let them be blindsided when the […]

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can you fire someone solely for being racist?

In an interesting juxtaposition with a letter from earlier today, a reader writes: I know you have answered a few variations over this, but I am hoping for a more clear answer in reference to my situation. Recently, my company hired someone that was extremely racist. He worked with me on his first day, where […]

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what to do if you’re being paid less than a male coworker

If you’re a woman who suspects you’re being paid less than male coworkers for the same work, you don’t need to just stew quietly. You can raise the issue with your employer and insist that your company follow the law – which says that paying men and women differently for the same work performance is […]

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