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Employment Law 101: 5 Things Every Employee Needs to Know

Posted by Amber Boyd | Mar 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

You can be fired. Indiana generally follows the employment at will doctrine, which permits both the employer and the employee to terminate the employment at any time for a “good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all.” Montgomery v. Bd. of Trustees of Purdue Univ.,849 E.2d 1120, 1128 (Ind. 2006).

There is protection. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual on the basis of:

  • Race or Color, National Origin, Sex, and Religion (Title VII and Section 1981);
  • Physical and Mental Disability (The Americans with Disabilities Act);
  • Age (The Age Discrimination in Employment Act)
  • Gender (The Equal Pay Act).

You are protected at every stage of employment. The discrimination or adverse action may occur during several stages of employment including, hiring, discharge, compensation, promotion, classification, training, apprenticeship, referral for employment, or other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

You must prove it. Proving a claim of discrimination may occur by pointing to individual instances of different treatment or neutral policies or practices that have a much harsher adverse effect upon a protected class or a direct admission on behalf of the employer.

Timing matters. A person has 300 days from which they knew or should have known of the occurrence of the discriminatory act to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

If you have any questions regarding this post or any employment matter, please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or 317-210-3416. 

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Amber K. Boyd is a versatile professional with strong experience in managing complex litigation matters. She founded Amber K. Boyd Attorney at Law in 2013, where she is the sole practitioner. Ms. Boyd specializes in employment law with a focus on discrimination cases. She also has deep expertise ...

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