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I (Usually) Hate Unemployment Challenges

As an advocate for businesses, you might assume that I stand behind an employer's decision to challenge an ex-employee's claim for unemployment compensation. You'd be wrong. In fact, I believe that employers are better served not challenging the unemployment compensation claims of most...

Can Employers Discriminate Against You Because You're Unemployed? Absolutely

There's been lots of fuss about a recent article in AOL Jobs, Employer Explains Why He Won't Hire the Unemployed . Outrageous, people cry. That can't be legal! Yet discrimination against the unemployed is indeed legal. Many companies consider unemployment to be a factor that automatically...

Fact or Fiction: Opposing an employee's u/c request may be Title VII retaliation

That's right folks. It's time for another edition of "Fact or Fiction" a/k/a "Quick Answers to Quick Questions" a/k/a QATQQ f/k/a "I don't feel like writing a long blog post." Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act , an employer engages in unlawful retaliation...

Employee's Twitter hatin' costs him unemployment benefits

An employee getting fired for caustic social-media posts is so 2011 . Having an application for unemployment-compensation benefits denied because of Twitter stupidity -- that's the new black. Stephen Burns was fired from his job after his employer learned that Burns had repeatedly tweeted that...