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When you and other workers decide to go on strike to protest working conditions, you may be worried about being fired.

Typically employers cannot fire employees for striking, but workers shouldn't take this protection as absolute. Employers can still terminate employees for a variety of reasons, even if that employee belongs to a union.

So should you worry about being fired for going on strike?

When applying for a new job, most applicants expect that an employer will check up on the applicant's references and job history as part of an employee background check.

But what about an applicant's credit? If a job seeker has a spotty credit history, past foreclosures, or large amounts of unpaid or past-due debts, should she be worried that a prospective employer may also check her credit score?

The short answer is: in many states, yes; in other states, no; and in any event, there are strict federal rules about how an employee credit check must be done.

Workers' compensation is the insurance system that compensates workers who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses.

In cases where the worker's injury results in permanent, complete disability, workers' compensation benefits will typically be awarded in an amount that reflects not just the worker's medical bills but also the future inability of the worker to earn his previous income due to the injury.

But what about cases in which the worker may be able to continue work part-time or return to light duty? Can you collect workers' comp benefits while still working part-time?

Yours truly is a Texas native, but we won't blame you if you're just arriving or simply here to visit. What Texans won't appreciate is someone who's clueless about the laws in the Lone Star State.

So before your Southwest flight lands, check out these 10 laws you should know if you're in Texas:

When a worker loses his or her job, unemployment insurance is designed to provide income while the worker looks for a new job.

For those who are eligible to receive unemployment insurance, it can often be the only thing preventing them from falling behind on bills, car payments, mortgages, and other financial obligations. But along with each state's eligibility requirements for receiving unemployment benefits, there are typically additional requirements for keeping benefits once they've started.

How might you lose out on employment benefits or even potentially face criminal prosecution for unemployment fraud? Here are five things you can't do while collecting unemployment:

With recreational marijuana becoming decriminalized and even legalized in an increasing number of states and cities, marijuana use may not be the clandestine activity it once was.

But what about showing up to work high on pot? A new poll conducted for the website Mashable by SurveyMonkey found that nearly one in 10 American workers have shown up to work stoned at least once.

But what should you consider before going to work high? Here are three legal points to ponder:

Moving to the Golden State? Just visiting? Or maybe you've been a California native all your life.

California has a rich legal history, and because of it, the state has a unique set of laws. So before you decide to join the Raider Nation and grab some In-N-Out on the way to the beach, check out these 10 laws you'll want to know if you're in California:

Angry and frustrated at your employer? Ready to make them pay by going to the public library and studying up on wage and hour laws? Hold on there, slick.

Before you go barreling into a legal bout with your boss over the overtime you weren't paid for and the unpaid time you were forced to work, try and consider all the ways an attorney could do it better.

For starters, here are five things a wage and hour lawyer can do that a non-lawyer probably can't:

A Colorado man who was fired for using medical marijuana is taking his case to the state's supreme court.

Brandon Coats, a former phone operator at Dish Network, was fired by the company after he tested positive for marijuana. Despite being a quadriplegic and a medical marijuana patient, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in April 2013 that despite state law, Dish Network could still fire Coats for having prescribed pot in his system.

Coats has appealed to Colorado's highest court. What arguments might the court need to consider?

It's long been a sad reality that "business as usual" for many hourly and low-wage workers meant getting shorted on overtime pay, getting paid for fewer hours than actually worked, and being forced to work through breaks.

However, an increasing number of workers have discovered a powerful tool for fighting back against being shortchanged by employers: a wage theft lawsuit. According to The New York Times, lawsuits seeking to recover wages illegally withheld from employees are increasingly paying off for employees of companies big and small.

What is wage theft, and how can you legally enforce your rights as an employee?