NYC Employment Law Blog

Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses the NY District Court's recent ruling to arbitrate sexual harassment claims.

New York District Court Rules Agreements to Arbitrate Sexual Harassment Claims Enforceable

In April 2018, lawmakers in New York enacted a measure that, among other things, barred the use of arbitration agreements in sexual discrimination and harassment claims. Now, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled that an agreement to arbitrate sexual harassment claims is enforceable.  The Backdrop The SDNY ruling […]

  • Posted on: Jul 13 2019
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Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses New York's recent expansion of equal pay protections.

New York Expands Equal Pay Protections

Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation amending the New York Equal Pay Act. The new law, which originally required equal pay for women and men who perform equal work, extends protections to employees based on any protected class under the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL). In addition, the law establishes a lower threshold than […]

  • Posted on: Jul 5 2019
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NYPD Transit Officer Settles Disability Harassment Claim Against NY City

A New York City transit cop recently received a $275,000 settlement from the city over claims that his supervisors failed to accommodate his handicap and subjected him to disability harassment. This case highlights how public and private employees who have been victims of workplace harassment need the advice and counsel of experienced employment law attorneys. […]

  • Posted on: Jun 30 2019
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New York Lawmakers Seek to Strengthen Worker Protections in Sexual Harassment Claims

New York legislators, spearheaded by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, amended the New York State Human Rights Law, broadening its scope to better protect employees. Most notably, it eliminates the requirement that workplace harassment be proven “severe or pervasive” enough to have a valid claim and eliminates the Farager/Ellerth Defense. If you have been subjected to sexual […]

  • Posted on: Jun 25 2019
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Supreme Court Limits Employers’ Procedural Defense in Title VII Claims

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Fort Bend v. Davis that Title VII’s administrative exhaustion requirement is not jurisdictional and employers may waive their right to challenge discrimination claims based on a worker’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies if such challenges are not raised promptly. The Backdrop In 2011, Lois Davis, an […]

  • Posted on: Jun 15 2019
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WeWork Hit with Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A former WeWork Cos. employee has filed a lawsuit against the New York-based coworking company claiming that it hired a younger man to assume his responsibilities and terminated him after he complained about age discrmination to human resources. While it is unclear whether the aggrieved employee has a valid claim, this case highlights the growing […]

  • Posted on: Jun 1 2019
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Supreme Court Asked to Consider Age Discrimination Case

As older workers remain in the workforce longer, age discrimination is becoming more pervasive, despite the protections of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Now the Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether the ADEA protects outside job applicants. The Backdrop In January, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ADEA […]

  • Posted on: May 30 2019
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My boss won’t pay me over 8 hours. What are my rights?

If your employer isn’t paying you for all the hours that you’re working and you’re not entitled to be paid a salary, your employers breaking the law. The law requires an employer to pay you for all hours that you work for the employer’s benefit. Does not matter what your scheduled hours are, if you […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that says employees are entitled to be paid minimum wage and overtime equaling time-and-a-half the regular rate for every hour they work over 40. The law begins with presumption that everyone is entitled to overtime and carves out exemptions from that. If you do not fall […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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What is the difference between wrongful termination and being fired?

Wrongful termination by itself is not a legal claim. An employer is only breaking the law if they fire you for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons. New York is an at-will employment state that means an employer could fire you for no reason or any lawful reason and with no notice. If however, the employer fires […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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