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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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Help! My Employer is Breaking Environmental Laws and I Don’t Know What to Do!

The downside of living and working in an industrialized country is that producing sometimes means polluting the environment. The government has done a great deal to control pollution and businesses are expected to adhere to laws restricting the amount of pollution they can produce in an effort to balance the needs of industrialization with the health of the environment. Unfortunately, some companies try to bypass these laws and try to make things easier on them by polluting more than they are permitted to under the laws.

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Three Things Your Employer Can Never Do

If it seems as if employers can get away with a lot these days, that’s because it’s the truth. Finding a job is tough in an economy with ongoing struggles and once you find one it is important to do what you can to keep it. Unfortunately, that could mean occasionally dealing with some unpleasant circumstances.

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Dealing with Sexual Harassment No Matter Your Role

Sexual harassment issues at work can be some of the most difficult and challenging to deal with. In addition to facing a work environment that makes you uncomfortable – and in some cases downright frightened - you also need to worry about your professional reputation. Sadly and all too often, victims of sexual harassment are the ones that suffer long-term consequences. Unfortunately, the consequences can be just as negative if you are falsely accused of harassment.

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Three Tips for Proving Your Sexual Harassment Claim

Sexual harassment occurs more frequently than employers like to admit, but it is one of the most difficult accusations for an employee to prove. In many instances of sexual harassment, there are only two people present when the event occurs. This means cases are often an issue of “he said she said,” which puts both parties in a difficult situation.

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Pregnant and Harassed: Here’s What to Do!

Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times in your life, but if your employer is acting out in response to the news of your pregnancy, things can get stressful. If you find yourself in a difficult situation at work because of pregnancy you must do what is necessary to protect your unborn child. If you are threatened or the stress of the workplace is affecting your health; speak with your doctor about what you should do.

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