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Part of standing up for yourself is educating yourself. The Fiedler Law blog goes in-depth on issues from within our practice areas, from our team. Take time to read about topics that may affect you or issues you are dealing with.

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 Amy Beck
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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What Does it Mean When People say Iowa is an “At Will” State?

by Amy Beck
Uncategorized

You’ve just started a new job and your employee handbook says you are employed “at-will.”  Then you see that at-will means that you can be fired at any time, for any reason or no reason at all.  Now that you are sweating, and likely freaking out a little, you ask yourself, “Does this mean I don’t have any options if I’m fired?” Don’t worry.  Simply… Read More

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Jury Awards $2M to Fiedler Law Firm Client Retaliated Against by The State of Iowa

by Fiedler Law Firm

On Wednesday afternoon, a Polk County jury returned a $2,000,000 verdict in favor of former Iowa State Penitentiary Corrections Officer, Kristine Sink. After a decade-long battle of standing up to various civil rights abuses at the penitentiary, the jury found that the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Corrections illegally retaliated against Kristine and failed to accommodate her disabilities. Kristine started working at… Read More

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Fiedler Law Firm Files Suit for Woman Assaulted by Iowa DOT Driving Instructor

by Fiedler Law Firm
Sexual Harassment

On February 23, 2018, Paige Fiedler and Emily McCarty filed a lawsuit on behalf of Patricia Carrillo against the State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and two DOT executives. KCCI reported the following details from the lawsuit: The 49-year-old was seeking a license when she was paired with John Alexander for the test at the Ankeny DOT station in 2016. Records show Alexander… Read More

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Fiedler Law Firm Client’s $750,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Spurs Public Debate

by Fiedler Law Firm
Sexual Harassment

On January 18, 2018, Fiedler Law Firm PLC client Amy Ford settled her claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation against the City of Anamosa Police Department and Police Chief Robert Simonson. News of the public settlement has raised questions about accountability and how to prevent something like this from happening again. At the February 12, 2018, City Council meeting, several Anamosa residents looked… Read More

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