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Long Island Company Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

West Babylon-based A&F Fire Protection Co. Inc (A&F Fire) recently settled a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The company, which designs and installs fire sprinkler systems, has agreed to pay $407,500 to cover lost wages and other damages awarded to a class of black and Hispanic employees. […]

  • Posted on: May 25 2019
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Department of Labor Issues Proposal for Joint Employer Regulation

On April 1, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule clarifying regulations regarding joint employers status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Some observers believe this is a rollback of regulations that had previously been proposed by the DOL under the Obama administration. In any event, the proposed rule is particularly […]

  • Posted on: May 24 2019
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Does the behavior have to be repetitive to be considered sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment does not have to be repetitive to be considered unlawful. It could be one egregious act or a series of small incidents when combined is enough to totally change the conditions of your employment. In short, you have to look at whether or not, one incident or the totality of incidents, are enough […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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What type of damages can be recovered for a sexual harassment lawsuit?

It is going to depend on where you file and what claims you allege. So it is important that you reach out and talk to an employment lawyer here at Lipsky Lowe before you make that decision. But generally speaking, damages in this area are going to be categorized as things like back pay and […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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What constitutes a hostile work environment?

The nature of a hostile work environment under the Federal and New York State Law is that the conduct has to be severe and pervasive, such that a reasonable person would find that their, their work environment has changed, that they’re really having difficulty working in that environment because of the conduct. So depending on […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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What protection is there against retaliation? Could I lose my job if I report it?

If your supervisor is sexually harassing you or you’ve seen a supervisor sexually harassing someone, you are legally protected by going to human resource or complaining to another manager about that sexual harassment. Under federal, New York and New York City law, an employer cannot retaliate against you for having complained about sexual harassment. Retaliation […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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Is it worth filing a sexual harassment complaint if the harassment was only verbal?

It is absolutely worthwhile to file a complaint of sexual harassment where the actions creating the harassment are limited to comments, verbal acts. In fact, many of the cases we handle are exactly that nature. They’re comments, statements, unwelcome jokes, epithets things of that nature. All of which are verbal and can create a hostile […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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What happens if I am being sexually harassed but there are no witnesses?

Doesn’t matter if no one has witnessed the sexual harassment. If you’ve been sexually harassed at work, the employer is breaking the law. You have two options. You could go Human Resources to complain about the sexual harassment or you could contact one of the attorneys here at Lipsky Lowe who will advocate for you […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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Debunking Sexual Harassment Myths

  It’s no big deal if a person is harassed; it’s all done in “good fun.” It truly is a myth to think that things that are done jokingly are all in good fun, just one of the guys kind of thing, that’s the way we’ve always done it here, you know, we always joke […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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