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What are my options when I am being accused of 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?

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?

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 I receive unemployment benefits if I got paid through a 1099?

Can my employer force me to retire?

What is a Qui Tam action?

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?

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?

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

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

Are there any special terms that apply to certain government workers?

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?

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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.