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Can you be fired for reporting unsafe working conditions?

Your employer is legally prohibited from firing you if you report an unsafe working condition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

However, that doesn't mean that employers are above retaliation if they think they can get away with it. If that happens, the employer will usually try to cloak the retaliation under some form of legitimate disciplinary action or a company restructuring.

When the car that hit you was on loan: Vicarious liability laws

Sometimes people make really poor choices for good reasons -- like loaning their car out to someone even when they know it's probably not the smartest thing they've ever done.

For a variety of reasons, people negligently hand their car keys over to other people all the time. The need really is urgent, they reason, or it's just a really short trip. They say, "Okay, but please be careful, and don't get into an accident!"

Strict policies help stop sexual harassment at work

What's the best way to prevent sexual harassment at work?

A strict code of conduct and a culture of intolerance for that kind of behavior may be the answer. It doesn't hurt to let everyone on the payroll know that silence equals complicity. If a staff member knows that sexual harassment is happening or is witness to an act of sexual harassment, he or she is expected to report it. Failing to do so is also a violation of the code of conduct and grounds for dismissal.

Can you sue an alternative medicine provider?

Is it possible to sue a practitioner of unconventional medicine if you sought treatment for an illness and the treatment not only failed to help you but left you in worse condition than before?

Like most things involving legal issues, the answer really depends on the circumstances.

Legal and equitable wrongful termination claims

There's a difference in the law between legal claims and equitable claims -- although the two sometimes end up overlapping in certain types of cases.

You're most likely to have a hybrid of the two types if your lawsuit involves an employment-related issue, something like discrimination or wrongful termination.

New Jersey worker claims discrimination for being male

Can men really claim that they suffer gender-based job discrimination?

Absolutely. While most people associate gender-based job discrimination as something that's strictly a women's issue, gender discrimination can actually affect anyone. While men may not file as many cases alleging gender discrimination, it does happen.

Personal injuries and personal losses: How damages get tallied

If you've suffered a personal injury that's caused you considerable pain, suffering, loss of wages and a ton of medical bills, you have every right to ask the responsible party to pay for those losses.

However, there are other types of compensation you may be able to ask for as well, depending on your situation.

Understand why sexual harassment victims don't come forward

Around 12,000 complaints based on sexual harassment are filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission each year -- and that's believed to barely be the start of how many acts of harassment actually take place.

So why don't more victims step forward? Why do others wait years before they finally tell their tale?

What should you know about depositions?

These days, most personal injury claims are settled out of court. However, some cases have a hard-fought issue or two that will drag the process closer to a courtroom than others.

If your personal injury case has some heavily disputed issues, you may find yourself being asked to give a deposition. It's important to understand exactly what this is, what the other side wants to see and how you need to respond.

Financier claims he was fired for seeking Hasidic clients

Did a stockbroker end up getting fired because of his clients' religion?

That's the unusual question being posed in a wrongful termination suit against Morgan Stanley, the financial investment and wealth management giant.

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