EEOC Says Sexual Harassment Claims Are on the Rise

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment complaints are on the rise. In 2018, sexual harassment claims filed with the EEOC increased by more than 13 percent over the previous year while the number of lawsuits involving sexual misconduct filed by the commission doubled. If you have been subjected...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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