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Unemployment Insurance Benefits & COVID-19

by Madison Fiedler-Carlson
Unemployment

This is a difficult time, even without anxiety over whether you will be able to pay your bills.  Many people believe that you have to be, well, unemployed in order to qualify for Unemployment Insurance in Iowa.  Fortunately, that is not the case. Due to the threat of COVID-19, on March 17, Governor Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, ordering gyms, bars,… Read More

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COVID-19: Keeping Your Job While Keeping Others (and Yourself) Safe

by Amy Beck

COVID-19 is here.  Over the last week, we’ve seen just a glimpse of how life will change in the coming weeks and months.  March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day Parades, concerts, and schools have been cancelled.  Although difficult, these are steps in the right direction to limit the spread of a virus that could cripple our healthcare system and put our loved ones at risk. Many… Read More

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Age Discrimination and You

by Fiedler Law Firm
Age Discrimination

I’m an older person who is highly qualified and looking to change jobs, but for some reason, businesses don’t seem interested in me.  I’m starting to think it’s my age. What should I do? Unfortunately, you are not alone.  Starting a new job or new career later in life is daunting enough without the prospect of being treated differently because of your age. Under state… Read More

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Oh Baby! Quick Answers to Your Maternity Leave Questions

by Amy Beck

I’m expecting my first child in July, and one of the most common questions people ask me is how much maternity leave I am taking.  Luckily, our firm has great maternity and paternity leave policies, and I’ll be able to bring my son to work with me!  But this question does highlight that many companies are not as family-friendly and working moms are often put… Read More

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What to Know About Hostile Work Environments

by Fiedler Law Firm
Workplace Retaliation

I’m being bullied at work and I think my job has become a hostile work environment.  People aren’t treating me with respect and it’s affecting my work.  Can you help? We see a lot of complaints about a “hostile work environment.”  This makes sense—many workplaces can feel hostile.  However, whether you have a harassment claim often depends on (1) why you are being bullied or… Read More

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Right to Sue

by Fiedler Law Firm
Uncategorized

“I filed my civil rights complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (“ICRC”) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), my claim is being investigated, and more than 60 days has elapsed.  I have the option of requesting my Right-to-Sue letter now.  Should I wait to hire an attorney until after I receive my Right-to-Sue letter?” The short answer is no. First, your civil rights… Read More

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What to Know: Election Day 2018

by Amy Beck
Uncategorized

 Someone struggled for your right to vote.  Use it. – Susan B. Anthony Tomorrow is Election Day in the U.S.A., and Fiedler Law Firm wants to make sure that you are heard at the polls.  Because voting can be tricky, we have outlined some frequently asked questions below to make voting a little easier for you. Voter Registration.  I forgot to register. Can I still… Read More

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‘Merica

by Fiedler Law Firm
Race Discrimination

All persons born or naturalized in the United States . . . are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.  No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny… Read More

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What Are Your Rights at Work after a Cancer Diagnosis?

by Amy Beck

Cancer.  The word alone evokes strong emotions.  A cancer diagnosis affects everyone differently.  Many people wonder how they will manage treatment and work.  They ask themselves: What do I tell my boss?  Should I take time off work for treatment?  How will I pay my bills? Importantly, cancer can be considered a disability, meaning an employee who tells his or her employer about a cancer… Read More

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What Do You Mean?

by Fiedler Law Firm
Uncategorized

A Helpful List of Many Employment Law-Related Words and their Meanings At-Will State: When an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination), and without warning, as long as the reason is not illegal (e.g. firing because of the employee’s protect class). Right to Work State: A Right to Work law guarantees that… Read More

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