Aaron Hotfelder

J.D., University of Missouri School of Law

Aaron Hotfelder is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in employment law and workers' compensation law. He has written for Nolo and Lawyers.com since 2011, covering topics ranging from workplace discrimination to unemployment benefits to employee privacy laws. He's a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).    

Books and citations. Aaron has edited a number of Nolo titles, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing With Problem Employees, and Working With Independent Contractors, and is a co-author of The Employer's Legal Handbook. Aaron's work has been cited by U.S. News & World Report, TheStreet.com, the St. Louis University Law Journal, and the Minnesota Law Review, among many other outlets.

Early legal career. Prior to joining Nolo as a legal editor, Aaron worked at a small law firm in Columbia, Missouri, representing clients in Social Security disability, long-term disability, and workers’ compensation cases. He later spent three years serving as an employment law consultant for a human resources and benefits compliance firm.

Education. Aaron received his law degree in 2010 from the University of Missouri School of Law. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Truman State University, known by some as the "Harvard of Northeast Missouri." 

Articles By Aaron Hotfelder

Employee Benefits: Age Discrimination Against Older Workers
The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) amended the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to provide guidance on the ADEA requirement that the benefits employers offer to older workers must be equal to the benefits offered to younger workers.
Can I Get Unemployment Benefits If I Was Fired?
Unemployment benefits are available to those who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.
Can I Sue For Employee Favoritism?
Favoritism happens when managers dole out the benefits based on who they like, rather than who is doing the best job for the company. It can be very frustrating to work for a company that allows favoritism to flourish.
What is the statute of limitations for bringing a wrongful termination lawsuit?
What is the statue of limitations for bringing a wrongful termination lawsuit?
Management Harassment at the Workplace
Most employees have heard of sexual harassment, but harassment based on other protected characteristics is also against the law. If you are being harassed by a manager or supervisor because of your race, disability, or age, for example, you may also have a valid legal claim against your employer.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Defined
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that enforces this law.
When to Hire a Lawyer for Your Unemployment Claim
If you've recently lost your job, you may be tightening your belt and counting your pennies, trying to figure out how to make ends meet until you find new work. In this situation, you probably aren't interested in paying any of your dwindling cash to a lawyer -- and often, this will be a smart decision.
Can I be paid less than the minimum wage if I work a commission-only sales job?
Question: I have taken a sales job recently as an outside marketing representative. My earnings are 100% commission. The amount I have been earning working full time for a whole month has been less than minimum wage per hour. Is this legal? Answer: It depends. Most employees are entitled to earn at
Laid Off Employees: What Compensation Is Available?
During these tough economic times, plenty of employees worry about losing their jobs -- and their income -- in a layoff. It's a frightening prospect to be without a paycheck, even for a short period of time. But there are some forms of compensation that may be available to laid-off employees.
California Unemployment Eligibility Requirements
In California, employees who are temporarily out of work through no fault of the own may collect unemployment benefits. Eligibility for unemployment is based on various factors, such as prior earnings, reason for unemployment, and other eligibility requirements created by California's Employment Development