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Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the food industry

In the past few years, the United States has made significant progress toward addressing the different types of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, this does not mean unpleasant or threatening situations at work have been eliminated. Sexual harassment, in particular, is a situation that continues to be pervasive, especially in the restaurant industry. If you work in a restaurant in West Virginia, you may be all too aware of this.

Trucking companies do not need to test for sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder in which a person's breathing becomes interrupted periodically throughout the night, which prevents the person from getting a full night's sleep, and he or she is more likely to suffer from fatigue. This increases the risk of an accident if that person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. Earlier in 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration refused to pursue regulations that would have required trucking company employers to test drivers for sleep apnea. 

Do you know what to do if you've been sexually harassed at work?

"Hey, baby, give me a smile." In some situations, that line might be welcome as well-intended encouragement. If it comes from an unwanted source at work, it could be considered sexual harassment. Inappropriate invitations and gifts or incessant hounding to go on a date, even after you've repeatedly said no, could also be harassment.

Discrimination and retaliation often go hand in hand

Disability is a protected class under the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This protects disabled workers from discrimination. Unless the employee is unable to perform an essential job function, accommodations should be made to fit the worker's situation. It's not always the case, though. Sometimes a disabled employee will make a claim or request assistance, only to be denied and then punished for their action. All too often, discrimination claims become retaliation claims.

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