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September 2014 Archives

Domestic workers entitled to overtime pay, time off

In 2010, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was enacted as part of the New York State Human Rights Law. It says that a person who works in the home of another person is guaranteed certain protections. Employers are required to provide compensation at or above certain minimumsand must meet requirements regarding overtime pay, unemployment insurance and time off.

The basics of workplace discrimination In New York

State and federal laws protect employees and job applicants from discrimination in the workplace, even when employees participate in lawsuits or investigations against employers or file complaints of discrimination. However, not all workers understand what discrimination is or how to file a complaint.

What qualifies as age discrimination?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, age discrimination in New York occurs when someone, either an applicant or employee, is treated differently than others because of their age. However, according to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, it is only considered to be illegal when the individual in question is 40 years of age or older.

How companies can respond to New York whistle-blowers

In August 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the first award to an employee under its whistle-blowing program. While the case was met with great interest, it also showed a flaw in the program by inadvertently releasing reference material in the case, which was filed in August 2013. This allowed the media to connect the dots and find out who the complaint was made against.

NY Mets and team co-owner face discrimination suit

The New York Mets say that they fired a female senior executive on Aug. 20 because she failed to meet sales targets, but the former senior vice president claims that she was shown the door because her decision to have a child out of wedlock offended the team's co-owner. The woman filed a lawsuit against both the Mets organization and the team's co-owner on Sept. 10, seeking damages for harassment and discrimination.

CUNY former employee alleges multiple counts of discrimination

A City University of New York employee is claiming that he was fired by the College of Staten Island because of his gender, age and ethnicity. The 63-year-old Russian man had coached and directed the university's swim team since 1995, and during his tenure, he was named CUNY coach of the year on five different occasions. In addition to CUNY and CSI, the lawsuit named the NCAA as a defendant.

New York intern sues CBS over unpaid internship

A class action lawsuit has been filed by an unpaid intern with CBS "Late Show With David Letterman" on behalf of unpaid interns employed by the company over six years. The plaintiff alleges that the companies minimized labor costs by giving work to unpaid interns that would have otherwise gone to paid employees. The lawsuit claims that CBS and Letterman's production company violated overtime and minimum wage laws. It seeks back pay, overtime pay, interest and attorney fees.

Understanding and addressing work-related sexual harassment

New York residents may recognize that sexual harassment is a serious issue, but dealing with problems such as offensive jokes or requests for sexual favors may result in a hostile work environment. It is important to understand what sexual harassment is and how to deal with unwanted conduct based on gender-related discriminatory behavoirs. Actions may be considered as sexual discrimination if they are used to make employment decisions related to hiring, raises or promotions. In addition, activities that create a hostile or offensive setting at work may also be considered as sexual harassment.

Many New York workers are underpaid and working long hours

Estimates state that New York City employers steal as much as $1 billion annually from workers in unpaid wages. An attorney for the National Employment Law Project says employees may lose $2,500 per year on average. Many are low-wage restaurant workers or undocumented, but employees in all industries and from all backgrounds may be victims of wage theft.

Archie Comics involved in another discrimination lawsuit

Three former employees of Archie Comics have filed suit in a federal court in New York alleging sexual discrimination. The lawsuit claims that the company, which is responsible for the iconic Archie Andrews and his love interests Betty and Veronica, is dominated by men and that the plaintiffs were mistreated because they worked for the company's female co-CEO.

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