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October 2013 Archives

Age discrimination suit filed against real estate icon

When the CEO of a leading real estate firm was passed over for a substantial promotion, the woman took offense. She decided to take the company to court. She is alleging that age discrimination is still rampant in a male-dominated world. The claimant who is 66 years old contends she was passed over by a 38-year-old outsourced from another company. She claims that she was booted from her job of tri-state president despite her 15 years of management experience, in favor of a younger 38-year-old hired from an outside party company. She will demonstrate to the court she has been victimized by a good old boy network.

Wrongful termination suit filed against Federal Reserve Bank

After just seven months on the job, a lawyer working for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York was fired in 2012. There was no grace period, either. Her bosses simply told her that she wasn't trustworthy. Her phone was taken from her, and security officers for the FRBNY escorted her out of the building.

Unpaid intern workers not protected under sexual harassment laws

An unpaid intern not only does not earn money at the workplace, he or she has no protection under the state's sexual harassment laws. Technically, since interns do not receive a paycheck or other remuneration such as pension and life insurance, they do not count as company employees and are not entitled to employee protections. This means an intern cannot bring a sexual harassment claim against an employer.

New York pioneers job safety for domestic violence victims

Once again East and West Coasts lead efforts to spearhead change in preventing job discrimination for victims of domestic abuse. California joined the group last Friday when the governor of the state followed leads from Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island, to put firm protection under the law protecting victims of domestic abuse, stalking and sexual assault.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act passes in New York

Following recent concerns that pregnant women suffer job discrimination, the New York City Council has passed a bill modifying the city's human rights law. This new amended legislation calls for accommodations designed to protect pregnant employees in the city. The bill, signed by Mayor Bloomberg, states employers be required to reasonably allow for a pregnant worker's needs to be met on the job. These include issues relating to pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions in job performance. This bill is expected to take effect by the end of January next year.

School treasurer blames wrongful termination on overspending

The former treasurer of a school district in Syracuse claims he took the fall when the school superintendent authorized overspending on the yearly budget. According to one report, the school district end-of-year expense budget was over $11,000, but auditors claimed the actual spending amount, which had been approved by taxpayers, was closer to $350,000.

Representative seeks to ban discrimination based on health data

Democratic Representative Louise Slaughter of New York is taking the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to task in order to curtail employer wellness programs that requireemployees to fill out extensive health questionnaires. She contends such information is being used to discriminate against workers.

911 director appeals termination and asks for back pay

A fired county 911 director has filed an appeal for her termination and is demanding back pay. The claimant has stated she was a victim of wrongful termination and harassment by administrators on the job in events leading up to her being let go. Some county officials agree her termination was illegal.

Major overhaul in wage and overtime to domestic workers

As of January 1, 2015, a new federal law will go into effect extending minimum wage and overtime pay to domestic workers. The law will provide major benefits in care for the elderly and for disabled Americans, who will now fall under the purview of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which maintains the country's wage and hour laws.

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