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January 2016 Archives

NFL Cheerleaders: A Case Study in Wage Theft

Over the past few years, a coalition of determined activists, labor unions, non-profits and lawyers have done an amazing job of bringing the issue of wage theft to the forefront. The trend is such that the New York Times notified its readers of a "a flood of recent cases - brought in California and across the nation - that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees' tips."

Amazon Prime Now Drivers: Employees or Contractors?

The issue of whether certain workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors has jumped to the forefront in recent years, largely because of Uber - lawsuits have popped up around the country arguing that Uber drivers are actually regular employees, not contractors, and thus deserve the protections and benefits afforded to employees by law. Generally, this has been portrayed as a "sharing economy" issue, a byproduct of the rise of lone gunmen workers joining up with tech firms to offer a service quasi-individually. But actually, most notably with UPS and FedEx drivers, this is something that has been considered in the legal field for years now, before Uber was on the scene.

When you are the victim of workplace discrimination

Nearly everyone has likely had a bad day at work and may even have felt at some point as though they were being taken advantage of or deserve more compensation. To resolve these types of work-related issues, it’s often best to speak directly with one’s manager or, if that fails to produce favorable results, find a new job. However, in cases where a worker experiences outright discrimination, harassment or wage theft at the hands of an employer; it’s wise to contact an attorney who handles employment law matters. 

Class action lawsuit details widespread racial discrimination at Buildings Department

According to its website, New York City's Building's Department ensures for "the lawful use of over one million buildings and construction sites," throughout the city, "by enforcing compliance with city building codes and regulations." The integral role that the Buildings Department plays in helping keep the city's infrastructure and residents safe, cannot be overstated and it should go without saying that the agency should strive to hire and retain only the most skilled and experienced employees.

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