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Pregnancy Discrimination Warning Signs

You have been working for a while and you're ready to have a child, so when you find out you're pregnant, you're thrilled. And you think your boss and colleagues will be too -- after all, they know you and how capable you are, so they know you'll manage with aplomb.

But it turns out that after the initial exclamations of congratulations, people in your office start changing their behavior. It feels weird. You know pregnancy discrimination is illegal but how do you know if it's happening? Here are some signs to look out for, according to Parents.

2015 was a big year for employment and wage law. Gig workers got unions. Cheerleaders got employee status. Heck, even Walmart raised their wages.

And a whole bunch of cities and states followed suit. So who's got a new minimum wage this year? Let's take a look:

Last year, same-sex marriage, legal marijuana, and Black Lives Matter made the most legal headlines. But what about in 2016? Many new statutes are set to go into effect this year, and in January alone, the Supreme Court is hearing cases on labor rights, free speech, and double jeopardy.

So which new laws are going to make the most news in 2016? We've got a few guesses:

No one likes losing a job, and complaining about getting fired can seem like sour grapes. But you do have rights when losing a job and not every firing is legal.

So how do you know if you've been wrongfully terminated? And, more importantly, how do you prove it in court? Here are some legal keys to a successful wrongful termination claim:

5 Signs of Employment Discrimination

There are many different types of discrimination and a slew of signs that might indicate a discriminatory work environment. But often discrimination is subtle, even unconscious, and it's hard to prove.

You may have a sense that something is just not right, but you know that pointing it out is not going to win you allies at work. And the environment already feels hostile to you. Are you being paranoid or are you rightly suspicious of discrimination? Here are five signs a workplace may be discriminatory or that you are being targeted unfairly.

What to Do When Accused of Theft at Work

If you are accused of theft at work, try to stay calm and to sort out what is happening. What steps to take will depend on what is going on in your specific situation.

Have you been fired? Have you been charged with a crime? Did you do the things you are accused of? Have you been asked to take a lie detector test or submit to some questioning? The context of the accusation makes a big difference. Also, keep in mind, that criminal charges might be in the offing, so though you may want to shout from the rooftops that you are innocent, saying little may be smartest.

Can My Work Schedule Change With No Notice?

Abrupt scheduling changes at work may be irritating but they are legal. There is little you can do about it if your boss suddenly switches your shifts or asks you to adopt new hours.

American employment is governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. That act has no scheduling provisions, except in connection with child labor. The FLSA does not provide a minimum notice period for changes and your employer can change your schedule without talking to you about it.

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.