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How to handle being wrongfully terminated Being terminated is always traumatic. No matter how expe

Being terminated is always traumatic. No matter how experienced you are, it remains a gut-wrenching feeling. A wrongful termination results when your boss violates an employment contract, or you are fired for an illegal reason. The nature of your employment determines how you may be let go. Most employees are at-will, but employment contracts do occur, even inadvertently. The courts recognize both written and oral contracts. Consulting an attorney can clarify if you are at-will or contract, then you may proceed with enforcing your rights.

Your employer can't hide benefits from you

Federal law extends many protections for workers all across the country. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act is one of these laws. ERISA was enacted to ensure that employees have access to the information they need so as to get access to their benefits. So, if you qualify to participate in the employee 401(k) plan, then your employer must give you information on when you become eligible and how to participate.

You have rights and protections as a whistle-blower

Whistle-blowers conjure up images of trench coats and rainy nights. In reality, most whistle-blowing activity is reported online through a government website. Federal and California law provide a litany of protections for whistle-blowers to encourage them to come forward. Whistle blowing is a useful check on businesses and governments placing profits over people or the law.

When am I allowed to take a meal break?

Sometimes you need time to get something to eat and other times you want to skip it because you've got a rhythm going and don't want to break it. Either way, you should take a meal break. The benefits of giving your brain, your feet, hands and whatever else you use to work a break, are undisputed. From improving memory to reducing stress, breaks from work are good for your health.

Sexual harassment is usually not so blatant

Sexual harassment is one of the most insidious forms of workplace discrimination. It runs the gamut from the sleazy boss' quid pro quo to the naive IT guy's joke. It happens to both men and women. It costs money and squashes creativity. Everyone agrees it is bad, but many cannot agree on what it is.

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