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Woman files sexual harassment lawsuit against Google after firing

Feeling unsafe in a workplace environment can make it difficult to go to work every day. Even when individuals land their dream jobs, they may soon find themselves wondering how they could have wanted to work at an establishment in which sexual harassment and/or other misconduct takes place. Unfortunately, these types of actions can take place in any industry, and many people become victims.

New Yorkers may be interested in a former Google employee's situation. Reports stated that the woman was terminated from her job with poor performance given as the reason, but she believes that the dismissal stems from mistreatment she received on the job. She claims that male co-workers harassed her on the job and at work-related functions, going so far as to spike her drinks and slap her.

Wage theft cheats workers out of rightfully earned wages

Though many people enjoy working, it can often take a toll on them both physically and mentally. Long days, hard work, difficult customers and other factors can all make jobs seem tedious. However, most people are willing to deal with these aspects in order to gain their compensation. Unfortunately, on top of other difficult aspects of their jobs, some New York workers have to also contend with wage theft.

It was recently reported that a restaurant in another state is facing fines due to such wrongdoing. The owners of the restaurant apparently made it look as if they were officially paying their servers $10 an hour, but in reality, the workers were making as little as $25 to $30 for a full day's work. This type of action reportedly went on for over two years.

FMLA violations can result in workers' losing jobs

Many people do not enjoy taking time away from work. They understand that they have duties to which they must attend and that they could potentially lose income if they miss too much work. However, there are certain events in life that may present the need to miss work, and the Family and Medical Leave Act can often help workers take time off without repercussion. Of course, some employers may violate individuals' rights under the FMLA.

New York residents may be interested in such a situation currently taking place in another state. Reports indicated that a firefighter had requested time off under the FMLA due to his son's being diagnosed with brain cancer. The man would also swap shifts with other workers in order to have the ability to be at the hospital with his son. However, his employer began to take issue about the man's time off.

Five high-profile sexual assault cases

Undoubtedly, you followed the stories of the seemingly endless line of women accusing famous and influential men of sexual harassment. These women had kept their silence, some for decades, for fear that speaking out would ruin their careers. The allegations sparked the #MeToo movement, which encouraged other victims of sexual harassment to come forward and hold their harassers and abusers accountable.

If you are ready to take a stand following your own experiences with harassment in the workplace, you may hesitate because your coworkers may admire the person who has made your job hostile. Perhaps your abuser is even a public figure, and you fear no one will believe you or think your allegations have merit.

Mistreatment due to pregnancy may be employment discrimination

Some New York residents may not know that certain actions taken against them at their places of employment could be illegal. If individuals are treated differently based on certain factors, they could be the victims of employment discrimination. Unfortunately, these actions could take many forms, and individuals could be subjected to unfair treatment for a variety of reasons.

One woman in another state recently took legal action after suffering negative impacts to her job after becoming pregnant. Reports stated that the woman worked at a restaurant, and after she told her employer about expecting a child, she began to receive fewer hours to work, which negatively impacted her income. Additionally, after the woman gave birth, she was not allowed to return to her original position at the restaurant and was eventually dismissed entirely.

Misclassifying workers may constitute wage theft in New York

The wages that a person earns often allows them to live as comfortably as possible. Of course, many New York residents and other individuals across the country may feel as if their income is not at a level that they wish it to be. While this issue may simply come about due to having a lower-earning occupation, more serious problems may be at hand if employers are committing wage theft.

It was recently reported that numerous workers in another state have filed a complaint against their employer for such action. Apparently, individuals working at four different call centers operated by the same company believe that their jobs are being misclassified. As a result, they are not being paid the proper wages for the duties they are performing.

Sexual harassment causes feelings of betrayal, mental scars

When a New York worker is harassed in the workplace, the actions can go far beyond simply making a person feel uncomfortable. Sexual harassment in particular can cause parties to have physical repercussions, fear for their jobs and face lasting psychological problems as well. When it comes to the mental aspects of such harassment, many people may overlook such consequences.

Unfortunately, sexual harassment can easily lead to emotional and mental distress. The results could range from developing anxiety, whether in particular situations or in general, to severe post-traumatic stress. Additionally, these symptoms can not only last for years, but it may also take years for them to show up, especially if an individual attempts to repress the memory. As a result, a victim could easily suffer tremendously negative effects from experiencing sexual harassment.

Time's Up may help New York workers address sexual harassment

Though sexual misconduct allegations have been swarming through the media as of late, many of those stories focus considerably on the high-profile individuals involved. While it is true that many celebrities have come forward as victims and survivors of sexual harassment and assault that they have faced during their course of their work, they are not the only ones who have dealt with and still deal with such issues. Unfortunately, this problem remains prevalent in many industries.

New York residents may be interested in an off-shoot to the #MeToo movement. Many celebrity woman have come together in order to begin Time's Up, which is an effort to help individuals in blue-collar work industries obtain financial assistance for legal aid. Because many people in lower-paying jobs cannot afford legal help, they often simply continue to deal with sexual misconduct at work or leave their jobs.

What could your employer gain from misclassification?

When you started your new job, the owner of the company for which you began performing duties may have informed you that you would work as an independent contractor. You may have accepted this classification because you performed your duties at home and had the ability to set your own working hours. However, these aspects do not necessarily mean that an independent contractor classification is right for your situation.

Business owners and operators often misclassify their workers as independent contractors when they should actually fall into the employee category. This misclassification could occur for a number of reasons, but in many instances, employers could gain benefits from not categorizing their workers properly.

New York poll takers recognize sexual harassment to be an issue

Most people feel that landing their dream job is a cause for joy. Unfortunately, this joy can be short-lived if individuals find themselves facing a hostile work environment. This type of atmosphere can be created in a number of ways, and having to face sexual harassment can easily create an uncomfortable and hostile environment.

It was recently reported that a poll conducted with 824 individuals in New York looked at the topics of sexual harassment and racial relations in the workplace. According to the results, 25 percent of the participants indicated that they have been sexually harassed at work. The poll also indicates that the majority of individuals indicated that this type of harassment was a major issue in the workplace. A specific percentage was not provided for that answer.

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