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The Employer’s Legal Advisor by Thomas M. Hanna

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Glossary of Terms

These definitions and descriptions are mostly those of the author and are meant to harmonize with the message of this book. In some instances, the definitions could be made broader or more specific, but I believe that they will be of more value to the reader as stated.

actual damages

The amount of actual monetary damage suffered by a party.

adverse action

Any action taken by an employer where an employee suffers an adverse (detrimental) effect. Adverse actions include discharges, layoffs, demotions, suspensions, docking, and other acts of discipline.

adverse impact

A doctrine that implies unlawful discrimination because a particular rule or practice disproportionately affects persons in a protected class and cannot be justified ...

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