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Can I tape-record a company training meeting without permission?

What are my options when I am being accused of sexual harassment?

What is sexual harassment?

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

Can an employer refuse to hire me if I was arrested?

Can an employer find out if I was fired for theft?

Are releases to allow a potential employer to access a credit report used to check the applicant's criminal record?

What does it mean when an employer asks me if I am bondable in a job interview or application?

Can a former employer inform a prospective employer about the reasons for an employee being fired?

Can I be turned down for a job for having a misdemeanor?

Is it legal for my employer to force me to stay later than my schedule says?

Can I be an employee and also be an independent contractor for the same company?

Do all jobs have to offer disability for pregnancies?

Can an employer ask a prospective employee about their illegal use of drugs?

Can a company require an employee to arbitrate employment claims post-hire?

How long do I have to be employed at a job in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits?

Can an employer legally record phone conversations?

Can my employer force me to retire?

Can employers monitor their employees' internet usage or read their emails?

Is it ever acceptable for an employer to consider someone's disability during the hiring process?

How do workers go about attempting to gain union representation?

Do all employees need to have employment agreements?

What legal protections are afforded to at-will employees?

What types of discrimination are prohibited under the ADEA?

What employers are covered by the ADEA?

If I am in a union, do all employment laws still apply?

If I am in a union, what other laws might protect me in the workplace?

Must a company give a reason for not hiring, reassigning, failing to promote, or firing me?

What is the difference between employees and independent contractors?

Can I be fired for any reason if I do not have an employment contract?

What are limited rights of probationary employees?

What is a trade secret and what are an employee's obligations?

Are non-compete agreements always enforceable?

Is there a deadline for bringing an employment-related claim?

When does an employer have to pay overtime?

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

Can an employer ever use race, gender, or age in employment decisions?

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

What questions cannot be asked during an interview?

What do employment-at-will and for cause mean?

Is an employer required to provide maternity, parental, or other leaves of absence?

Can my employer monitor my email or web use at work?

Can an employee refuse to work because of certain conditions?

How do I learn more about my state's employment laws?

I was fired without cause. What are my options?

My employer is withholding my final paycheck. Can they do this?

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Martin Sweet is a visiting assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He teaches and researches in the area of American Politics and Constitutional Law. He earned his J.D. in 1995 from the University of Minnesota Law School and his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2005, he was co-awarded by the American Political Science Association for the nation's best dissertation in the area of public law. Martin is the author of Merely Judgment: Ignoring, Evading, and Trumping the Supreme Court, published by the University of Virginia Press, and is a regular political and legal contributor on television.