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emoployment at will

concept of employment whereby either the employer or employee can end the employment at any time, for any reason

wrongful discharge

concept established by precedent that says an employer risks litigation if he or she does not have just cause for firing an employee

just cause

employers legal reason for firing

public policy

common law concept of wrongful discharge when an employee has acted for the common good


prejudiced action or treatment

title VII of the civil rights act

sexual discrimination illegal and sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination

quid pro qup

latin meaning something for something

affirmative action

programs that use goals and quotas to provide preferential treatment for minority persons determined to have been under utilized in the past

wagner act of 1935

it is illegal to discriminate in hiring or firing because of union membership or organizational activities

Title VII of the civil rights axt of 1964

business with 15 or more employees working at least 20 weeks a year, prevents employers from discriminating in hiring or firing on the basis of race, color religion sex or origin

affirmative action

programs that use goals and quotas to provide preferential treatment for minority persons

right to know laws

state laws that allow employees access to information about toxic or hazardous substances, employer duties, employee rights and other workplace health and safety issues

hazard communication satandard

OSHA, standard intended to increase health care praxtitioners awareness of risks imoprove work praxtices and appropriate use of personal protective equipment and reduce injuries

general duty clause

a section of lthe hazard communication standard stsating that any equipment that may poser a health risk must be specified as a hazard

chemical hygiene plan

the standard for occupational exposures to hazardous chemicals in laboratories which clarifies the handling of hazardous chemixals in medical laboratories

occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogen standard

an OSHA regulation designed to protect health care workerts from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens

medical waste tracking axt

federal law that authorizes OSHA to inspect hazardous medical wastes and to cite offices ffor unsafe or unhealthy praxtices regarding these wastes

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