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Does the media inaccurately portray female sexual harassment?

The common assumption with sexual harassment is that male supervisors will harass female workers who are at a lower position in the company. Perhaps the most common example is a male CEO and his female secretary.

This isn't to take away from the validity of those cases at all, but things can happen the other way around. After all, sexual harassment often just hinges on who has the power in the relationship. If it's a woman who is in a position of power over a man, she can potentially harass her subordinate in the same way.

What are my maternity leave options in Pennsylvania?

Pregnancy and motherhood is a very special time that can be both overwhelming and a wonderful experience. More women than ever are choosing to remain in the workplace after they become parents. Due to this, many expectant mothers have questions and concerns relating to the maternity leave rights that they have.

If you are eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave in Pennsylvania, you will be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave due to your pregnancy. This leave will be protected from retaliation. This means that you will be legally protected from any type of negative action taken against you by your employer as a result of taking the leave.

Security officer dismissed following sexual harassment complaint

A 25-year veteran security officer at the Pennsylvania Senate was just recently fired due to what her bosses have described as conduct that "has been quite problematic."

Curiously enough, her dismissal comes six months after the officer sued officials in the Senate for tolerating a culture that permitted sexual harassment on the job -- and just two months after she was summarily told to turn in her badge and escorted from the premises.

Displaced Pennsylvania workers seeking unemployment compensation

Unemployment compensation is just one of the areas of interest for nearly 1,000 employees of a Snyder County company who went to work one morning

only to be told their plant was being closed immediately and that they were out of jobs that day.

Signs of retaliatory action at work

If you have recently been fired, you will know how scary and alienating this can be. As well as being worried about where your next paycheck will come from, you may be suffering from a lack of self-esteem, and wonder why you were fired and not other co-workers.

In the absence of a contractual work agreement, many employees can be fired "at-will". This means that employers can fire an employee without giving a reason. However, the fact that they do not need to state a reason does not mean that an employer can fire a worker as a form of retaliation. If you believe that your firing was a result of retaliation, it is important that you understand some of the common signs of retaliation in the workplace.

Avoid these common mistakes after an auto accident

An accident can be a disorienting experience for those involved. Whether due to shock or to fear, many people make mistakes when handling the aftermath of an auto accident.

These are some of the most common mistakes that people make. Avoiding them can help protect you from an unfavorable, unfair or overly complicated claims process.

Can I take leave to care for my unwell child?

Some things will always be more important than your career or financial income. One of these things is the health of your child. If your child is unwell for a significant period of time, it is likely that you will want to take time off in order to care for them. This care may be in the form of tending to their needs at home. Additionally, you may be required to attend hospital visits and surgeries with them.

You will be entitled to job-protected unpaid leave to care for your child if you are a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligible employee. It is important that you verify whether you are FMLA-eligible in advance of taking leave so that you can enforce your rights when necessary.

Minimum earnings and Pennsylvania unemployment compensation

If you have recently become unemployed in Pennsylvania, it is important that you find a new source of income as soon as you can. While your primary goal will be to find a new job as soon as possible, you may be able to get financial support from the government while you are searching.

Unemployment compensation is available for job seekers in Pennsylvania under certain circumstances. In order to be eligible, you must not have been fired due to any fault of your own. Additionally, you must be actively searching for a job, and you must have been paid a minimum amount in the time leading up to your job termination.

Common areas to slip and fall in during the warmer days

Many residents in Pennsylvania feel safer to take runs and walks outside during the later spring months and early summer months. Even though there is plenty of rain around this time, it’s still easier to deal with than piles of snow and black ice on the pavement.

However, there are still several ways people can slip and fall when they go outside. Property owners need to ensure their areas are safe before having people walk through or by it since they can’t rely on the weather as an excuse around this time. As you enjoy your outdoor activities, you need to make sure to be careful when visiting these popular spring and summer locations, as they are filled with fall hazards when it gets hot out.

Reasons why no harassment is accidental

Amid many high-profile sexual harassment claims in recent years, there have been common sentiments of anger and frustration, but also fear. Some people argue that the law is becoming oversensitive to flirtation and friendliness and that people could accidentally be found guilty of harassment at work. This is simply not the case.

There is a clear legal difference between being friendly or flirtatious and engaging in sexual harassment. Harassment is not something that a socially apt person can accidentally partake in. It requires repeated or categorically inappropriate behavior that creates a hostile environment in the workplace. The following are some key aspects of sexual harassment.