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Sexual harassment can create hostile New York work environments

Working in a hostile environment can make life difficult for anyone. For some, this type of environment may be created by employers or co-workers who choose to act inappropriately in the workplace. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and gender discrimination can easily cause this type of hostile atmosphere, and in some cases, legal action may be necessary to address the situation.

New York residents may take interest in such a case that recently came to a settlement in another state. Reports indicated that a former employee at a virtual reality company filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming sexual harassment as well as wrongful termination. The woman stated that individuals at the company treated her and other female workers unfairly, and that the woman was subjected to inappropriate comments regarding her body from a manager.

Violations of wage and house laws may lead to New York lawsuits

Many New York residents know that when a difficult situation arises, they must often take action themselves in order to address issues. In some cases, problems at work can seem especially hard to handle, and when wages are affected, workers may wonder what route could be best for ensuring that they are not taken advantage of. If wage and hour laws are being violated, taking legal action may be a prudent step.

Workers in another state recently faced such a predicament after being cheated out of overtime and vacation pay. The workers were apparently distributed to local businesses through a temporary employment agency. Though some individuals would work over 40 hours a week, they did not receive overtime pay due to their work being carried out between multiple businesses.

FMLA violations may warrant legal action in New York

The Family and Medical Leave Act helps many employees who may need extended time away from work in order to address personal or family medical issues. The FMLA protects workers from suffering unnecessary negative repercussions as a result of taking the approved time. However, some individuals may be unjustly denied leave and face hardships as a result.

New York residents may be interested in one man currently facing such a situation in another state. Reports indicated that the man is of African descent and had been employed by a security company for a little over a year. During his employment, the man apparently requested leave under the FMLA, but a reason for his request was not given in the report. Nonetheless, his request was denied by his employer.

Your criminal history shouldn't deny you an opportunity to work

It may take you some time to find a person in New York City who hasn't done something in their past that they regret. Some of those people never suffered criminal consequences for those regrets, but many others have. Perhaps you are one of those people.

Now that you have "paid your debt to society," you want to get back into the workforce and support yourself and your family. You may have concerns that your past could keep you from obtaining gainful employment, but New York City has taken steps to try to prevent that from happening.

Employment discrimination may hinder promotion chance in New York

Facing any type of discrimination in life can be harrowing. Unfortunately, many individuals have to deal with unjust actions based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion and other personal aspects. When employment discrimination takes place, parties may feel particularly devastated by the wrongful actions to which they are subjected as those actions could negatively impact their financial and personal livelihood.

New York residents may be interested in a case of discrimination that has led to legal action in another state. Reports indicated that a Chinese-American man who has worked as a police officer for 15 years filed a legal claim after being passed over for a promotion. However, his claim also indicates that he has faced multiple instances of discrimination while on the job in recent years.

Wage and hour law violations may hinder New York workers

Having a job and earning wages can often make a person feel proud. In addition to these feelings, it can also allow for parties to provide for themselves and their families by using the wages that they earn. Understandably, when an employer violates wage and hour laws, it can be difficult for employees to make ends meet.

New York residents may be interested in such a situation in another state that has led to legal action. Reports stated that one woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Google Inc., claiming that the company did not properly compensate her and other workers. The woman was also terminated from her position with the company without 20 days' notice. It was unclear why the dismissal may have come about.

Can I be fired for reporting sexual harassment?

Filing a report citing sexual harassment in the workplace can be very uncomfortable and even frightening. You might feel like you will get laughed at or challenged; you might feel intimidated and discouraged. You might also feel like you could lose your job for filing a complaint.

However, in accordance with federal laws, it is illegal to fire someone for reporting sexual harassment or engaging in any other protected activity. In fact, retaliation in all forms is prohibited.

Protections against discrimination for LGBT workers still unclear

Victims of workplace discrimination can face consistent, painful mistreatment whenever they go into work. They can also be robbed of certain job opportunities or benefits that are granted to other people who do not share the specific characteristic that gives way to the mistreatment.

Under these circumstances, the solution would be for the worker experiencing discrimination to file a legal claim to enforce his or her rights to protection from this type of misconduct. However, workers in the LGBT community may not have this same solution available, as the federal laws protecting workers from discrimination continue to be challenged and unclear.

Facing discrimination due to diabetes? You can fight back

Diabetes is an illness that can affect many areas of your life, but with careful management, it does not necessarily have to impact your ability to work. Many people with this disease are able to have successful, lengthy careers, but others may find that they face certain types of mistreatment, even discrimination, because of the severity of their medical condition.

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes meet the definition of disability. This means that, as a person with this disease, you have protection against mistreatment and have the right to seek employment like everyone else. As a protected individual with a qualifying disability, you also have the right to reasonable accommodations at your New York workplace.

Wage theft hurts workers, even when it is 'inadvertent'

If you are not being compensated properly for the work you do, then you could have a wage theft claim. These claims stem from wage violations like unpaid overtime or failure to pay minimum wage.

However, while it may seem quite obvious that an employer should be held accountable for wage theft and the damages resulting from these violations, these cases can turn out to be more contentious than people think. One reason for this is that employers may claim it was just an innocent mistake that can be fixed with paying the money. That is the claim fast food giant Carl's Jr. is making after if shortchanged 37 employees in another state.

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