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July 2013 Archives

How is employer retaliation affecting workplace injury reports?

At a cursory glance, it looks like an absolute positive: reports of workplace injuries, according to the federal government, declined by more than 30 percent between 2003 and 2011. But at the same time, lawsuits claiming workplace retaliation have seen an uptick.

What about paid family leave for New York workers?

New York is one of 48 states that do not offer a family leave insurance program for workers. Only New Jersey and California offer such a program. There is, of course, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows for qualifying workers to take unpaid leave. But a word to remember here is "unpaid." Not every employee can afford to take unpaid time off from work, even if the serious medical condition of a spouse or a child makes extreme demands on the worker.

State court: dentist's attraction to employee grounds for firing

Even in the most obvious cases of sexual harassment or workplace discrimination, employees who have been wronged will need strong legal support to ensure the best outcome in an employment lawsuit. New Yorkers may be interested in a recent ruling in Iowa that found that a dentist was not wrong in firing his employee because she was too attractive.

Senate committee approves ENDA for LGBT workers' rights

We established this blog to discuss employment law issues that are relevant to New Yorkers. Whether it's a case of harassment, workplace discrimination, retaliation, wrongful firing or a wage dispute, we'll be covering stories that we hope you find interesting.

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