Marijana represents employees in both individual and class actions involving wage-and-hour, discrimination , harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims. She is fluent in Spanish and Croatian.
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.
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.
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.
New York employees may be interested in some information about disability discrimination and what is prohibited by federal law. There are many types of discrimination in the workplace against those with disabilities, from outright harassment to failure to accommodate properly for the employee's disability.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act forbids discriminating against a person over 40 based on his or her age in New York and across the country. The act does not prevent the employer from favoring an older employee over a younger one, even if both are over 40, however.
New York City has its own commission on human rights, which is in place to provide an added layer of protection in addition to federal protections already in place for those in protected classes. Protected people under the NYC Commission on Human Rights are supposed to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and acts of retaliation based on their protected status.
Employees in New York may benefit from understanding more about national origin discrimination, as described by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This type of discrimination can be described as mistreating applicants or employees because they are of a different ethnicity, from a different part of the world or country or due to their accent. Even if the victim and offender are of the same national origin, this type of discrimination may still exist.
Under the First Amendment, Americans have the right to practice the religion of their choice. With the growing variety of religions that exist in New York and around the country comes a challenge for employers, who must allow for religious freedom in the workplace or face religions discrimination allegations in court.
New York has specific rules that employers must follow to avoid claims of harassment. Additionally, various federal statutes prohibit this type of behavior.