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...
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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...
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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
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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...
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Google Revamps Sexual Harassment After Employee Protest

Google announced that it will overhaul its processes for handling sexual harassment complaints after more than 20,000 Google employees staged a walkout earlier this month. The protestors called for an end to forced arbitration in cases of sexual misconduct and changes to the related reporting procedures. The employee protests force Google to apologise...
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What is a Hostile Work Environment?

Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a hot button issue due in large part to the rise of the #MeToo movement. At the same time, many workers may not be aware of the type of conduct that may be considered sexual harassment, and, in particular, what constitutes a hostile work environment. The best...
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Anti-Sexual Posters and Sheets

New York Employers Now Required to Display Anti-Sexual Harassment Posters and Distribute Informational Sheets under Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act On May 9, 2018, arguably as one of New York City’s responses to the overwhelming #MeToo Movement, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (the “Act”). In...
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New York City Fair Workweek Law Is Amended

On July 18, 2018, New York City's Temporary Schedule Change amendment to the Fair Workweek Law became effective on July 18, 2018. Under the Fair Workweek Law, most New York City employers are required to permit a covered employee to make a temporary change to the employee's work schedule for up to two business days...
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