Was my termination wrongful?

Getting fired from a job can be incredibly upsetting. Losing a job can mean loss of critical income and benefits; it can also create a disruption in a person's employment history. And feeling like the termination was wrongful or illegal can make the situation that much more troubling. 

Understand, though, that there is a difference between a firing feeling unfair and being wrongful. One of the biggest differences is that there could be legal remedies available if a termination is wrongful. Below, we explain what this means.

Athletes are workers, too

When people think about employees and contractors, they often imagine people working in retail, driving an Uber or sitting in an office. However, being a professional athlete is also an occupation. And while it may seem like the dream job for many people, it can prove to be a nightmare for athletes facing legal challenges to protect and establish their rights.

For instance, athletes can struggle when it comes to contractual obligations and employment rights. One example is UFC fighter Leslie Smith and her efforts to unionize fighters.

Taking a closer look at performance contracts

Whether a person is an actor, singer, comedian or other type of performer, having a clear and enforceable performance contract in place can make or break an event -- or career. These contracts are in place to ensure a performer has everything he or she requires for an event to go as planned.

Often, when people talk about performance contracts, they immediately think of the riders or personal requirements that can appear in them. However, there is much more to these agreements than you might realize.

What does age discrimination look like?

Both federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating against someone because he or she is age 40 or older. This is prohibited at any point in the employment process. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination still happens. Despite how common this form of discrimination is, many people are still not sure what age discrimination even looks like.

Signs of age discrimination

Who can use FMLA to take a leave of absence?

The Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees with the ability to take time off in the event of a serious health condition, either their own or that of a loved one. Employers cannot deny time off to eligible employees.

When asking for time off under FMLA, it is important to know who and what conditions are covered.

What does retaliation look like?

When people think of discrimination in the workplace, they often think of situations like a person who doesn't get hired because of his or her race, age or gender. In other words, they think of discrimination against people who look a certain way.

However, discrimination can also include acts against people for reasons other than appearance. For instance, retaliation against an employee is also discriminatory.

What are morality clauses?

If you work in the sports or entertainment industries, signing documents typically comes with the territory, whether you are signing autographs or contracts. And knowing what you are putting your name on will become increasingly important as you become more successful.

One item that many people in these areas often sign is a contract with a morals clause. For instance, if you are signing an endorsement or sponsorship agreement, it could very well have this clause somewhere within in the contract. It may not be exceptionally long or even all that specific, so it is important to watch for them and understand what you would be agreeing to if you signed.

The business of being an athlete

Elite and professional athletes are among the most revered figures in our culture. And it’s not just the talent and skill they bring to their sport; it’s also their passion.

That said, being a top athlete is about more than fans and playing a game. It’s a career most athletes have worked their entire lives to secure. And as a profession, it comes with some business-related demands and opportunities.

What is the gender wage gap?

Perhaps you have heard the term “gender wage gap” or “gender pay gap” and wondered what it is and if it could apply to you. Simply put, the gender wage gap is the gap between what men earn and women earn for similar work. You may find it hard to believe that women are still paid less than men for similar jobs in 2018, but it’s true.

The gender pay gap last year was about 80 percent, across the board. That means women made 80 cents for every dollar a man made in the U.S. Factors that affect the gender wage gap include:

Gender gaps and discrimination in the entertainment industry

The entertainment industry continues to experience problems when it comes to gender equity. And there appears to be a perception gap between men and women in how widespread these problems are. This is what a recent survey suggests.

The survey was done by CNBC and LinkedIn. It was an online survey in which over 1,000 individuals in the entertainment industry were polled. These entertainment professionals were asked about discrimination and gender gaps in the industry. There were some significant differences between the responses of the men and women surveyed.

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