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Wrongful Termination Archives

What are my rights as a pregnant employee in New York?

People often say you should know your rights in order to protect them. But the fact that there are perhaps dozens of laws that apply to each person's unique situation means that not everyone can be an expert on the law. This leads to a lot of questions, some which find their way on our blog.

Does pointing a gun at a worker mean you're fired? pt.2

Last time, we were looking at a recent case from the Second Circuit that involved a security guard who had filed a claim for unpaid wages and retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A lower court had allowed is unpaid wage claim, but dismissed his retaliation claim because he had made an oral complaint to his supervisor and not written complaint to a governmental agency.

Does pointing a gun at a worker mean you're fired? pt.1

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs much of the employment rights of workers in the U.S. As the name implies, the FLSA sets many standards for employers, including wage and hour laws. To ensure these laws can be enforced, the FLSA has anti-retaliation provisions, to prevent employers from firing employees who complain about violations of the FLSA.

When a job injury becomes a wrongful termination

The facts of a wrongful termination cases often begin as something else. A case involving a former police officer begins with the officer suffering an injury while on duty. He dutifully filed a claim for workers' compensation benefits. He eventually returned to work, about a year after his injury.

Employer retaliation easier to prove under New York law

To win a case under Title VII, a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court suggests that an employee would have to prove that employer retaliation was the sole reason for termination. If an employer claimed there were other reasons for the termination, the employee would lose his or her case. However, the New York City Human Rights Law states that employer retaliation must only be a factor in such cases.

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.

Reinstated New York teacher to receive higher salary

A 52-year-old New York man who was fired from his teaching job in 2009 has just been awarded additional money toward his salary that will raise him to the level he would have been at had he not been unlawfully terminated. Both the district in which he taught and its superintendent were previously found liable for age discrimination following his termination.

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