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Top 5 Times You Need an Employment Lawyer

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Reasons to hire an employment lawyer.

When you need an attorney, you want someone who has experience dealing with the laws that affect your situation the most. This is true all the time, but it’s especially true when your legal issue has to do with the workplace. Working with an employment lawyer means someone will be protecting your rights and guiding you through the legal system who has a keen understanding of employment laws.

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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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Why Don’t More People Report Sexual Harassment?

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Sexual Harassment Reporting

If you’ve been harassed in the workplace but decided not to report the incident, you aren’t alone. It’s impossible to know exactly how common sexual harassment is because so many people fail to speak out.

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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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Actress Gabrielle Union Fired From America’s Got Talent After Complaints of Racism and Unhealthy Workplace

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NBC Universal once again finds itself entangled in another employment scandal after actress Gabrielle Union was dropped as a judge on the show, America’s Got Talent, amid complaints of racism and an unsafe workplace. According to reports, NBC fired Union – a known advocate for minority communities - because she spoke out about the toxic and racist workplace culture during production of the show. Union allegedly spoke out about several discriminatory practices during her time on the show, including being told by producers that America would not get behind a ten-year old black rapper; that the network discouraged her from wearing certain outfits and hairstyles they considered “too black” for viewers; and for raising concerns that host Simon Cowell was creating an unhealthy workplace by smoking indoors. But it was her complaint to producers about a racist joke comedian Jay Leno allegedly made about Korean restaurants during taping that apparently sealed her fate. Though producers allegedly dismissed Union’s complaint, the joke was cut from the show, then in retaliation, they terminated her three-year contract after just one season as a judge on the show. 

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When Does Workplace Harassment become Serious Enough to Report?

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Report Workplace Harassment

A variety of things occur in workplaces across the country every day that might be questionable, but not all of them are breaking any laws. Many of these occurrences aren’t even unethical or warrant filing a report with human resources – they’re simply things that get on your nerves or make you wish you were employed elsewhere or better yet, independently wealthy. The laws governing workplace conduct are not general civility codes and are limited to protecting individuals from specific illegal conduct.

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What You Need To Know About Constructive Termination

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What is "Constructive Termination"

Employees suffering from illegal discrimination and/or retaliation at work are often fired from their job as the culmination of a series of adverse actions taken against them. However, what if there is such a strong hostile work environment rife with discrimination and retaliation that causes an employee to want to quit their job before they are ever fired? Could that employee still have an unlawful termination claim under the law?

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Final Version of New York’s New Sexual Harassment Policy Now in Effect

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The New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”) released the final version of the new sexual harassment policy, along with training guidelines, on October 1, 2018 and the new, updated policy took effect on October 9, 2018. The final policy contains some changes from the earlier proposed version, most notable however, is that employers now have until October 9, 2019, to provide employees with the mandated training in accordance with the new policy. Other changes include removal of the “zero tolerance policy” language as it conflicted with federal guidelines on sexual harassment policies and removal of the requirement that new hires receive sexual harassment training within thirty days in favor of encouraging employers to complete new hire training “as soon as possible.” Additional changes to the policy from the proposed policy and required training are listed below:

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Sexual Harassment Laws Expanded

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the New York State Legislature and New York City Council have enacted broad expansions to the laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. As these laws take effect, it is important to note how your legal rights may have changed. Below is an overview of many of the significant changes that are, or will be, taking effect:

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Alvarado and Alvarado v. 2000 Auto Sales, Inc. d/b/a Smith Haven Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Chris Markakis, individually Case No.: 2:18-cv-02370

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New Collective Action filed in the Eastern District of New YorkAlvarado and Alvarado v. 2000 Auto Sales, Inc. d/b/a Smith Haven Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Chris Markakis, individually Case No.: 2:18-cv-02370

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The End of Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Claims Draws Near

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Recent media coverage related to sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace has lawmakers paying attention. Now, there are efforts underway to put an end to employers forcing employees to arbitrate matters related to sexual harassment out of court.

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How to Deal with Bullying in the Workplace

Inappropriate behavior in the workplace has been a hot topic in the news lately, but calling attention to the trend can only go so far when it comes to your own personal situation.

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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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Religious Harassment: Am I a Victim?

There are numerous different types of harassment that can occur within a workplace. It’s possible for employees to be harassed based on a variety of factors and one of them is religion.

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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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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 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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What Should I Do About an Abusive Client?

If you are abused in the workplace you have a right to take action. If a co-worker or supervisor says or does something inappropriate, your employer is responsible for disciplining that person and taking action to make your work environment non-threatening. If the abuse continues, you can pursue legal action against the company. But what happens when the abuser is not employed by the company? What should you do if a client treats you inappropriately?

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