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Can You Get Fired for Self-Defense at Work?

You can get fired for defending yourself at work if company policy demands otherwise. But in Utah, you can at least challenge that termination, thanks to the efforts of Walmart workers who were fired for failing to follow company policy on de-escalation during a robbery.

Their case has taken the long road through the courts, winning recognition of the general claim but not the specifics of their case. And it is still not certain that the Walmart workers' story will ever be put before a jury, according to the National Law Review.

As regular readers of our The Good Wife recaps will know, the show has had a lot of fun with elder partner Howard Lyman's claims of age discrimination. But refusing to hire someone or harassing an employee because of his or her age is serious. Not only is it demeaning to the person, but it could be grounds for an age discrimination lawsuit.

But what proof do you need to file an age discrimination claim, and how do you demonstrate age discrimination to a court? Here are a few factors:

Most public sector employees have the right to form a union, and to collectively bargain for the key terms and conditions of employment. But before any of that, you need a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board declaring that you are, in fact, an employee. And this can get a little tricky.

Graduate students, who are often expected to perform similar work as tenured professors but without the same pay and benefits, have found it difficult to unionize. This is mostly because they have found it difficult to be recognized as employees. But a new case in front of the NLRB may change that.

Come on, who among us hasn't fudged a little on their resume? Maybe you inflated your job title or embellished your management experience. (No, managing to not get fired doesn't count as management experience.) But you're not going to get tossed in jail for a tall tale on your resume, are you?

Well, if you fabricate federal work experience you might. Fox News guest commentator Wayne Simmons found that out the hard way when he was arrested last week for lying about his work for the Central Intelligence Agency. It turns out there are some other resume lies that could get you jail time.

Maybe it's the "gig economy." Or maybe it's employers trying to avoid paying benefits or taxes. Either way, more and more people are working as independent contractors these days.

While it's great that workers can take advantage of more flexible employment designations, what happens when employers try to take advantage of their independent contractors? Many contractors don't know what they're entitled to when it comes to employment agreements, work decisions, and wage and tax responsibilities.

LGBT Worker Protections Missing in Mississippi and Most States

Workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is common in Mississippi, according to a report released by the Williams Institute of UCLA Law School. More than a third of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in that state report being harassed at work, while a quarter say they have experienced discrimination.

Mistreatment takes many forms -- from name calling to wrongful termination -- and for the more than 40,000 LGBT workers in Mississippi, it can make work a nightmare. The state has no protections in place for these workers, which is more common than not. Less than half of American states have employment non-discrimination laws covering both sexual orientation and gender identity.

How Can I Prove Employer Retaliation?

Employers shouldn't retaliate against their workers. It's bad for business. In many contexts, it's also illegal. For example, employers cannot retaliate when workers complain about protected activity.

Proving that you were penalized for making a complaint (or for whistleblowing) can be difficult because you must show a connection between your actions and your boss's reaction. You must have actual evidence that the employer retaliated as a consequence of you speaking out.

3 Legal Tips for Hiring a Nanny

Of all the jobs that you can hire for, the job of nanny tops the list in terms of importance. You don't want to leave the care of your children up to someone incompetent or potentially negligent.

There are the obvious hiring factors such as experience and personality to consider when hiring a nanny or babysitter, but there are some legal considerations you'll want to take into account as well. Here are three of them:

With everyone from Ashley Madison, to Target, to the federal government getting hacked these days, it's no wonder people are feeling wary about where and with whom they share their personal information. And it doesn't get more personal than your Social Security number.

Those nine digits are the key to your taxes, your credit ... essentially your entire identity. So if a job application asks you for your Social Security number, should you include it?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem, and many instances of sexual harassment go unpunished and even unreported. At the same time, not every claim of sexual harassment is legitimate.

So if you've been falsely accused of sexual harassment at your job, what do you do? In short, you should treat it like a criminal investigation: be quiet, hire counsel, and let the process play out and vindicate you. That may not be as easy as it sounds, so read on for a more answers to commonly asked questions regarding false sexual harassment claims.