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Is Your Boss Harassing You?

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Employment Law - Harassment by your Boss

If you are harassed by a co-worker, you speak to your boss or the human resources department about it. But what if it’s your boss who is harassing you? You might not feel as comfortable speaking up and reporting it. It’s illegal for your supervisor anyone in your company to retaliate against you, but reporting harassment can lead to discomfort in the workplace. What should you do if your boss is harassing you?

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Can I Be Fired for Political Activities?

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Getting Fired because of Politics

It is an election year, and primary season is upon us in New York. People across the state are becoming increasingly active in campaigning for the candidates that share their political beliefs, and are eager to engage with their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to promote candidates and platforms that align with the principles they believe to be most important in day to day life. It could be that there is a hot button issue you believe strongly about, or a candidate for local or federal office that represents your values, and you want to get involved and support that candidate or platform. Participation in the political process is a core American value, one that this country was founded upon.

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Are You a Victim of Delayed Workplace Retaliation?

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Delayed Workplace Retaliation

Laws exist to protect workers who voice concerns about workplace discrimination from retaliation. But for these laws to provide the protection they guarantee, workers need to recognize an action as retaliation.

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Is Your Employer Liable for How Customers or Clients Treat You?

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Employer Liability for Treatment of Employees by Customers

Most jobs involve interaction with people other than your co-workers. Whether you work in an industry with customers or you are responsible for meeting the needs of clients, just about everyone with a job has to deal with people in one way or another. Customers and clients are a vital part of keeping your employer in business and keeping you employed, so it’s essential to make sure they are satisfied.

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Can Catholic Schools Discriminate? The U.S. Supreme Court is About to Weigh In.

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Catholic Schools and Discrimination

The United States Supreme Court will review two decisions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit involving the ministerial exception to federal employment discrimination law claims. On December 18, 2019, the Supreme Court granted petitions for a writ of certiorari in St. James School v. Biel and Our Lady of Gudadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, both decisions from the ninth circuit in which Catholic religious schools argued that the ministerial exception protected them from claims of discriminatory employment practices.

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New Amendments to Whistleblower Law Proposed in New York State Senate

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New Amendments to Whistleblower Law Proposed in New York State Senate

In New York State, New York Labor Law (“NYLL”) § 740 protects whistleblowing employees from retaliation for engaging in protected activity. Specifically, NYLL § 740 has a one-year statute of limitations and considers protected activity to be when an employee reports, or threatens to report, a policy or practice of the employer to a supervisor or public body that is in violation of law, rule or regulation and creates and presents a substantial and specific danger to the public health or safety, or which constitutes health care fraud.

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How to Know If You Were Wrongfully Terminated

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Were you Wrongfully Terminated?

Job termination is a fact of life. Employees are let go all the time and in many cases, the reasons for termination are justified.

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New York’s Stop Sexual Harassment Law

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Once again, New York has taken the lead on legal issues in the workplace and is doing what it can to discourage sexual harassment on the job.

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Henderson v. AFG Group, Inc., Case No.: 1:18-cv-04179

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New Action filed in the Southern District of New YorkHenderson v. AFG Group, Inc., Case No.: 1:18-cv-04179On May 9, 2018, Plaintiff Ms. Henderson, filed a civil action lawsuit in United States District Court – Southern District of New York against AFG Group, Inc. The complaint alleges as follows:

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Breastfeeding and the Workplace

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Breastfeeding is a perfectly natural practice for mothers of young children, but the practice tends to raise strong opinions. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the case in the workplace. Though you might assume there wouldn’t be an issue in the workplace unless the child is present to be fed, the truth is mothers must use a breast pump to remove milk even if they are not actively feeding their baby. Mothers have little to no control over the need to pump and employers must act reasonably when it comes to nursing mothers on their staff.

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State and Federal Governments Respond to Sexual Harassment Claims

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Within the last six years, at least 1,000 New York State government employees have made sexual harassment complaints regarding incidents in the workplace. According to a recent Politico report, New York State taxpayers have paid at least $6.4 million for settlements connected to these complaints since 2012. This amount is comprised of 54 cases settled for a combined $5,552,880. This also includes 18 out-of- court settlements; a $60,939 judgment by the State’s Division of Human Rights; and a $103,080 payment in 2012 for misconduct by former Assemblyman Vito Lopez. The agencies with the most complaints include the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Office of Mental Health, and the Office of Children and Family Services. In Governor Cuomo’s State of the State, he discussed legislation that would “prevent taxpayer funds from being used for settlements against individuals relating to sexual assault and harassment.”

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Keeping Notes: What to Record If You’re Being Harassed

One of the most important things you can do if you are struggling with harassment at work is to keep a log of events.

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Workplace Retaliation: What You Need to Know

Despite laws in place to protect employees against discrimination and harassment in the workplace, there are still people who don’t report their experiences because they are afraid of what could happen to them.

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Help! I’m a Victim of Mental Harassment in the Workplace!

Most people understand that many forms of harassment are illegal in the workplace, but they might not be aware that laws regarding harassment might also apply to the mental or emotional variety.

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Victim of Workplace Sexual Harassment? Don’t Quit Your Job!

Being harassed on the job is one of the worst things that can happen as an employee. When that harassment is sexual in nature, it can feel even worse. Your first instinct might be to give your notice and run in the other direction - completely understandable because nobody wants to feel victimized when they are trying to do their job.

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New York Launches Human Rights Law Ad Campaign

In an effort to spread the word and educate employees about their protections under the city’s Human Rights Law, New York has launched a print advertising campaign concerning the law.

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Protecting Domestic Violence Victims of Discrimination in the Workplace

Domestic violence happens in the home, but it affects every aspect of a victim’s life. This is especially true when it comes to work.

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Three Tips to Help You Deal with Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can be one of the most devastating experiences to have in the workplace. In addition to making it difficult to perform your job duties, you also might feel as if your personal safety is under attack.

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ADA and Obvious Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) law ensures employees are protected in the workplace and accommodated by their employer when they are working with a disability. In most cases, if an employee asks for a certain accommodation, his or her employer is required by law to it. If the employee fails to make a request, an employer is usually not responsible for specific accommodations, though there are instances in which an employer could be responsible for providing an accommodation, even if it was not requested.

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What Options Do You Have If You are Sexually Harassed on the Job?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. It is a type of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is not something any employee should be forced to accept or tolerate, nor is it a “part of the job” or “the price of getting ahead.”

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