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October 2017 Archives

Workers prevail in pay-docking lawsuit for short breaks

New Yorkers are protected under state and federal laws while they are working. Among these laws is a provision that they must be paid for all breaks that last 20 minutes or less. In a recent case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, an employer was found to have violated the law by docking workers who took bathroom breaks lasting longer than 90 seconds.

EEOC files 86 lawsuits in September

The fiscal year for the 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has come to an end, and 86 lawsuits were filed in September in advance of that deadline. The EEOC most commonly filed claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with 47 of the lawsuits, and the Americans With Disabilities Act with 36 claims. This and other statutes protect many Long Island workers.

Using pattern evidence to prove discrimination

Unfortunately, many New York workers face discrimination at their jobs. There are multiple state and federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on race, national origin, color, sex, pregnancy, disability and religion. Proving discrimination may be difficult, but people might be able to use evidence of their employers' treatment of others to help prove that the actions against them were unlawful.

Former Oracle employees seek damages from company

New York residents may heard stories about gender discrimination against female employees in the tech sector. In a lawsuit filed on Aug. 28, three former Oracle employees claimed that the company paid women less than men for performing similar duties. The suit claims that the company either knew or should have known about the pay disparity after a January 2017 lawsuit against Oracle brought by the Department of Justice.

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