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January 2015 Archives

Minimum wage laws matter to every worker

It is more than a little ironic that the last remaining bastion of the American labor movement are professionals, often in government. From schoolteachers to hospital and office workers, the backbone of the union workforce increasingly not traditional blue-collar manufacturing or industrial jobs, but these professional positions. 

Yet another harassment case involving McDonald's

Harassment is never attractive. Another charge of harassment has been filed by 10 former employees of McDonald's, this time from Virginia. They claim that they were subjected to sexual and racial harassment and that they were fired or forced to quit because they were black.

New York store faces further discrimination allegations

A 32-year-old New York man who was fired from a Lowe's location in August 2014 after 11 years of employment is suing the company. According to him, he was fired in retaliation for testifying in support of a gay employee who sued the same store for harassment in 2012. He also says that he put up with a pattern of harassment himself throughout his employment, that it worsened after he testified in support of his fellow employee and that repeated efforts to solve the harassment issue through human resources went nowhere.

Former professor says he was fired due to age

A former professor at Long Island University filed an age discrimination complaint with the Division of Human Rights after he was terminated from his long-held position. The 87-year-old man claims that he and two other elderly professors were fired by LIU without explanation. All three professors were not informed that they were being let go by the university until they had arrived on campus to start a new term in January 2014.

American Apparel issues new code of ethics for workers

American Apparel has created a new, lengthier code of ethics for its employees after a drawn out battle that resulted in the company firing its founder and CEO, Dov Charney, for alleged sexual harassment and other charges. These new policies will affect workers in New York and across the country in American Apparel's many locations, including its subsidiaries.

American Apparel revises code of ethics

New York residents might be interested to learn that clothing manufacturer and retailor American Apparel has revised its code of ethics in an effort to prevent workplace sexual harassment. The company unveiled the new 6,200-word document on Jan. 6 after firing its chief executive and founder in December. Dov Charney, American Apparel's former CEO, was ousted after numerous allegations of sexual harassment.

Man awarded compensation for workplace racial discrimination

According to court reports, a New York man who was a former steel employee has been awarded around 4 million for work-related harassment. The ruling came into effect two years after the man was originally allocated 25 million in compensation by the federal court jury panel. The compensation was later lessened to 6 million after the African-American employee testified about several incidents that occurred at work and caused extensive pain and suffering. Punitive damages of 2.6 million were recommended by the court, contingent upon whether the employee agreed to accept the settlement or not.

An explanation of race discrimination

Race discrimination occurs when an applicant or a worker is treated differently because of their ethnic origin, race or color. Federal laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace in New York and every other state in the country. Employees could help protect themselves and co-workers from race discrimination by recognizing the different types and reporting occurrences.

Ways employers use to avoid paying overtime

By law, New York employers are supposed to pay any employee, with some exceptions, overtime when they begin working more than 40 hours in any given week. However, according to a recent report, more employers are being sued by their employees because they were not paid for hours they worked overtime.

Quid pro quo harassment in New York

A common type of sexual harassment that may occur in New York workplaces is called quid pro quo harassment. In this form of harassment, an employee's supervisor will make a promotion contingent upon the employee providing sexual favors. Conversely, the supervisor may threaten a negative employment action if the employee refuses sexual advances.

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