“The Nevada Equal Rights Commission” Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Nevada state law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct, explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

  • The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
  • The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
  • The victim does not have to be the person harassed, but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
  • Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
  • The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.

It is helpful for the victim to directly inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. The victim should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available. Failure to report sexual harassment to the employer may limit the remedies available to the victim.

Persons who file a charge, oppose unlawful employment discrimination, participate in employment discrimination proceedings, or otherwise assert their rights under the laws enforced by the Commission are protected against retaliation.  When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission considers the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred, and the severity and pervasiveness of the sexual conduct.

If You Think You Have Been Discriminated Against Because of Sexual Harassment, Contact:

Nevada Equal Rights Commission

1820 East Sahara Avenue, Suite 314

Las Vegas, NV 89104

PH: 702 486-7161 Fax: 702-486-7054

www.detr.state.nv.us

You may also contact the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

at 1-800-669-4000 or on the Internet at http://www.eeoc.gov/

Money Matters-How Much is Too Much?

I was listening to the radio a few weeks ago, and the radio host was reading comments from his Tweeter page and stumbled across an interesting rant and the host decided to address the rant on the air. Apparently, a self-proclaimed hard working average citizen has taken offense to the actions of a particular wealthy individual.

As it was reported, this certain wealthy individual, on a night out on the town, to celebrate a friend’s birthday, spent about $90,000 on drinks for his entourage which also included a $10,000 tip! That’s right! $100,000 was spent on bottle service in one night!

This type of irresponsible spending was appalling to the average hard working citizen so he decided to vent. He ranted about how he had to work multiple jobs to the make a third of that amount and can barely pay his way through school and provide for himself. How dare the rich entertainer have the gall to frivolously spend so much money while he has to steward every penny just to make ends meet! The rich individual, in his eyes, obviously was being a poor steward and was just plain and simply wasteful!

The conversation intrigued me because I know the radio host is, what I consider, really conservative when it comes to fiscal issues so I wondered how the host was going to respond. His response and reasoning was enlightening. The radio host started by bringing to light an interesting fact that was omitted by the ranter. The host pointed out that the entertainer that spent $100,000 in one night made $42,000,000 last year! Now that’s a lot of money! The radio host proceeded to explain how knowing that piece of information changes the dynamic of the situation. How is someone making $42,000,000 in a year who spent $100,000 in one night any different any than someone who makes $42,000 a year spending $100 in a night?! The only difference is the scaling of the numbers; but the proportion is exactly the same!

I have heard this same argument in other situations. I recall the story of a man worth $2 billion dollars being ridiculed and labeled as wasteful for driving a $400,000 car. But to him, a car of that statue represents only a small portion of his net worth and is not really extravagant. This is equivalent to someone who is worth $50,000 driving a $1,000 car! How much do you make in a year? How much is your car worth?

The point to be made here is it is about stewardship. Those that have more to steward (rich people) can enjoy luxuries others cannot because they have more to manage and it does not make them poor stewards or bad people. They are simply enjoying the fruits of their labors. Biblically speaking, Solomon was the richest man to every walk the earth and he enjoyed luxuries no one ever did before. Does that mean he was a bad steward? Did God make a mistake when He promised to give Solomon his great wealth for exhibiting a pure heart of a steward when he asked for wisdom to govern God’s people (2 Chronicles 1:11-12)?

How much is too much? It depends. We each have to ask ourselves that question, but we are not called to answer that question about anyone else. We all have boundaries to live within; some people’s boundaries are a lot that others. It always has been that way and it always will be (Matt. 26:11). It would behoove us to celebrate the success of others and stay off the judgement seat! Your time, energy, and words are better spent focused on your situation rather than criticizing the stewardship of others. So be careful and don’t judge, less you also will be judged (Matt 7:1-3). God Bless.

 

March Prophetic Fresh Wind

Bad Advice

Well, 2017 is over and here we are at the start of 2018! That was fast! Life seems to move faster these days and partly because of the abundance of information we are exposed to on a daily basis. We live in a time where we can, in the blink of an eye, immediately find some seemly relevant article, posting, or even blog on anything we want. But there are pros and cons to the speed of this dispensation we live in that has been called the Information Age. On the positive side, data research and sharing that used to take days to complete can be done in seconds! Long gone are the days of libraries and the Dewey decimal system being the primary use of research. And if you don’t know what the Dewey decimal system is, you just made my point! Times have changed, and information is moving at the speed of light. With data being shared so fast, complex problems can be solved much faster because many more minds can collaborate more quickly. On the negative side, if we are not careful, we can become susceptible to information overload. Information overload happens when a person or group of people is exposed to too much data.

With information given so freely and easy to access, there is never a dearth of opinions on how one should handle your money; everyone has an opinion! And with information coming at us so fast and with such anonymity, it can be extremely difficult to rightly decipher good advice from bad advice. Trying to get the best financial advice can be nerve wrecking. It can be so overwhelming that some of us tend to believe what we hear most often or we tend to give extra credence to people we admire or trust regardless of their financial credentials. But what if the person (or people) we are taking our financial direction from is lost themselves? We literally become the blind following the blind. And we know how where they end up; falling in a ditch.

When it comes to financial advice, first start with the Word of God! Ask yourself, “What does God say about this?” If the advice is unethical, immoral, or if it can really hurt you financially if things go wrong, then stay away! You have to protect yourself and your financial progress. Sacrificing your integrity is never a worthwhile short-cut. Secondly, consider the source of this advice. How financially successful is the source of this information? Are they were you want to be? Are they following the advice themselves, and if so, is it working for them? How are they going to prosper if you take their advice? Watch out for wolves that speak the language a sheep wants to hear! Oh, and in case you are wondering, the authors of this article have paid off over $100,000 in consumer debt and we are totally debt free! Thirdly, ask yourself, “Is it too good to be true?” Everyone likes to get what they want in a hurry, but the bible warns against quick riches (Proverbs 13:11). Jim Rohn once said, “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.” And finally, get at least one other opinion from someone you trust to give you good financial advice (so your shopping friend or your favorite cousin or aunt might not be the best choice for advice). A second opinion might provide a fresh prospective, some insight, or more information that will help you make the best decision. Remember, safety is found in the multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14).

I know everyone that gives financial advice does not have malicious intent, but good intentions from good people does NOT mean you are getting good advice! Some people just don’t know any better, and they don’t know they don’t know better, so charge it to their head and not their heart. But it is up to you to be discerning and regulate their influence in your financial life. Poor financial decisions can seriously slow down your progress and can take years to recover from. So choose wisely who you allow to speak into your financial future. God Bless.

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Nevada…”At-Will” Employment and What It Means For You

Many people I encounter think that Nevada employers need to have a good reason to fire you, but that simply is not true. The truth is they just need to not have a “bad reason” to fire you. “At-will employment” is an employment relationship in which you may fire your employee at any time for any reason and your employee may resign at any time for any reason. This is the default employment relationship in Nevada, absent an employment contract with specific terms.
In an at-will employment position, you can quit whenever you want without giving notice, just like your employer can fire you whenever it wants (subject to some limitations discussed below) without notice. It seems unfair when you’re on the wrong end of an arbitrary termination, but it doesn’t seem unfair when you quit your job to get higher pay somewhere else. If you were subject to an employment contract, you could be denied the opportunity to take that higher paying job or you could theoretically owe money to your employer for the costs incurred by you breaking your contract. So I always tell people to be careful what you wish for – employment contracts aren’t always everything they’re cracked up to be.
Nevada has some exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine, however, that can potentially protect you: implied contracts and public policy exceptions. Implied contracts arise when your employer, through written or oral communications, indicates to you that your job is secure in some way. These types of implied contracts can be found in a variety of circumstances, such as when an employer states that you will only be fired for just cause, if the employee handbook includes a finite list of reasons for which you can be terminated, or if your employer pledges to only terminate you after progressive discipline is enacted.
There are also federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws that prohibit adverse action based on any legally protected classification. Protected classes are broadly defined to include, race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, military service, and more.
Public policy exceptions are situations where a court determines that Nevada has a strong interest in stopping someone from being fired for some act. Reporting illegal behavior, refusing to violate the law, or filing a worker’s compensation claim are a few of these exceptions. If you think you were fired illegally, talk to a Nevada employment attorney. An attorney can help you sort through the facts and assess the strength of your claim. Whether you want to try to get your job back, negotiate a severance package, or sue your employer in court, an attorney can walk you through your options and help you decide how best to proceed.

Tanika M. Capers, Esq.

5 Simple Habits of the Average Millionaire

Have you ever heard the one about the billionaire who lives in a modest home?
That billionaire is Warren Buffett, who Forbes estimates has a $75.6 billion net worth according to Forbes World’s Billionaire List of 2017. His house? It’s not a sprawling 30,000-square-foot beachfront mansion. No, he lives in a quiet Omaha neighborhood in a $850,000 home that he bought for $31,500 in 1958.
Sure, for most people, living in an $850,000 home is a pipe dream. But if you think about a house like that being occupied by the second richest man in the world . . . it’s pretty surprising, isn’t it?
Warren Buffett could buy any house in the world (with cash!), but he chooses to live in a modest, relatively small home in Omaha. Why is that?
It’s a surprising fact that, according to Thomas Stanley’s book The Millionaire Next Door, “more than 80% [of U.S. millionaires] are ordinary people who have accumulated their wealth in one generation.” The book goes on to say that most millionaires don’t look the part. Most live in normal, middle-class neighborhoods and drive modest cars.
So what can you learn from these millionaires (and even billionaires like Warren Buffett) who don’t live the stereotypical life of a millionaire?
1. They’re avid readers.
President Harry Truman once said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” In The Millionaire Next Door, Stanley says that the average millionaire reads one nonfiction book per month.
You get the idea. One of the reasons millionaires become millionaires is because of their constant desire to learn. To them, leadership books and biographies are much more important than the latest hit reality show. When they have free time, they use it wisely—by reading.
2. They understand delayed gratification.
In other words, the average millionaire has spent most of their life sacrificing temporary pleasures for long-term success. They have no problem buying an older, used car, living in a modest neighborhood, and wearing inexpensive clothes. Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t a priority for them.
Those lifestyle decisions allow them to do things like save for retirement and college and build up a large down payment for their dream home. They realize that instant gratification is fun—but delayed gratification is so much better. Today’s sacrifices set them up for tomorrow’s success.
3. They stay away from debt.
The idea of “debt as a tool” is foreign to the average millionaire. If they want something they can’t afford, they save and pay cash for it later.
Car payments, student loans, same-as-cash financing plans—these just aren’t part of their financial plan, and that’s why they win with money. They don’t owe anything to the bank, so every dollar they earn stays with them to spend, to save, and to give.
Debt is the biggest obstacle to building wealth. Run from it every chance you get.
4. They budget.
Your budget is your plan, and you don’t build a net worth of a million dollars without some sort of plan.
Just like you build a house by starting with the foundation, you build wealth by starting with the budgeting basics. And then you keep following them. When you’re making a lot of money, you don’t stop managing it, right?
The average millionaire has made a habit of budgeting every month. They know what’s coming in and what’s leaving their bank account. To this day, Dave Ramsey and his wife still make a monthly budget—a practice they started decades ago. If you only remember one thing, remember this: Budgeting is the key to winning with money.
5. They give.
Sure, some rich people can be selfish jerks—just like anyone else. But the everyday millionaires who live down the street, the ones you don’t even realize are wealthy, are some of the most giving people you’ll ever meet.
Whether it’s tithing at church, donating to a meaningful charity, or just giving to friends and family on occasion, these people have a caring spirit. They realize that the most important thing you can do with wealth is help others. That’s actually why they continue building their wealth. They realize they can’t take it with them when they die. But instead of frivolously spending it all, they choose to leave a legacy for the people who mean the most to them.
This idea that wealthy people always live in ivory towers and wear $500 jeans is a myth. Being successful with money is as simple as living a modest lifestyle that follows a few basic principles.
The more of these habits you follow, the more successful you’ll be with money. Just ask Warren Buffett.
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