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Can I be fired because of my religious beliefs?

When people hear of discrimination in the workplace, it’s often in the context of race or gender discrimination. Religious discrimination is, however, common – as a recent case in Ventura County California demonstrates. The former director of Ventura County Animal Services claims she was wrongfully terminated in 2018 because she refused repeated and unwanted requests […]


New York Lawmakers Extend Legal Protections to Transgender Community

After a protracted legislative battle spanning 16 years, the New York state legislature finally passed a bill legislation protecting transgender individuals from discrimination, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). The measure, first introduced more than a decade ago, had passed the Democrat-controlled assembly numerous times. Prospects for passing GENDA shifted dramatically with the 2018 midterm […]


In Focus: Age Discrimination in the Technology Sector

There are two overarching trends in the contemporary workplace, particularly in the technology sector: an influx of new workers (millennials and generation Y candidates), combined with an aging workforce. As such, reports of age discrimination are on the rise, and age-related lawsuits are becoming more common. Don’t be fooled into thinking age discrimination is limited […]


In Focus: Wrongful Termination

In New York, people who work hard to make a living are often unaware that they work “at will.” In other words, they can be fired at any time, without good cause, or for any reason at all. Obviously, employees can be fired for legitimate reasons — layoff, poor performance, or violations of company policy. […]


Should I Sign a Severance Agreement?

If you are terminated, laid off or resign from your job, you may be asked to sign a severance agreement. Before doing so, you should consult an experienced employment law attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. What is a severance agreement? A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and employee clarifying […]


In Focus: Nonsexual Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment in the workplace is typically thought of in the context of unwelcome sexual advances, or similar misconduct, by a supervisor or coworker. However, non-sexual discrimination is another form of unlawful discrimination under applicable employment laws. If you have been the victim of non-sexual harassment, it takes a skilled employment discrimination attorney to enforce your […]


In Focus: Wage Theft in the Restaurant Industry

In recent years, a number of high-profile restaurant chains have settled lawsuits over unpaid wages. While many think of wage theft in terms of employers withholding pay or skimming hours, wage theft in the restaurant industry typically involves unpaid overtime and tip violations. In fact, Labor Department statistics show that restaurant industry has one of […]


Barclays Fined Over Efforts to Root Out Whistleblowers

Barclays PLC was fined $15 million by New York regulators following a probe into efforts by the bank’s Chief Executive to unmask a whistleblower. The DFS investigation found shortcomings in governance and controls in the bank’s whistleblower program. In particular, several members of the management team were cited for failing to follow proper whistleblower procedures. […]


Minimum Wage in New York Set to Rise as of December 31, 2018

In case you were not aware, the minimum wage is set to increase again throughout the State of New York on December 31, 2018. Legislation was included in the 2016-17 state budget enacting a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020 in all industries. The first wage increases went into effect on […]


In Focus: Employee Handbooks

In the contemporary workplace, it is crucial for employers to clearly define their policies with respect to their employees. By creating a formal employee handbook, you can clarify the employer-employee relationship and protect your business in the event of a legal claim. The best way to design handbook tailored to your business’ individual needs is […]


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