Employers in New York and around the country sometimes defend themselves against discrimination complaints by arguing that the worker involved deserved to be fired. This tactic can benefit employers even in cases where discrimination is clear because it may limit...
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Changes in attitudes about sexual harassment over the decades
by Sapir Schragin LLP | Apr 28, 2017 | Sexual Harassment
New York employees who have been in the workplace for decades may find that while general awareness about workplace sexual harassment has increased, the issue continues to be a problem. In a 1980 survey by the Harvard Business Journal, fewer than 30 percent of...
Older workers may face age discrimination from employers
On Behalf of Sapir Schragin LLP | Apr 3, 2017 | Employee Rights
Research led by a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, indicates that people who are middle aged or older are less likely to be contacted by an employer in New York or around the country after submitting a resume than individuals who are...
The fallout from the Sterling case
On Behalf of Sapir Schragin LLP | Mar 22, 2017 | Sexual Harassment
New York residents may have heard about a class-action claim against Sterling Jewelry. The first claims were filed in 2008, and the matter eventually involved more than 69,000 employees. The plaintiffs alleged that the company engaged in promotion discrimination as...
Arbitration case against Sterling made public
On Behalf of Sapir Schragin LLP | Mar 17, 2017 | Sexual Harassment
New York residents who shop at stores such as Kay Jewelers or Zales may be interested to learn that Sterling Jewelers, the parent company of those retailers, is facing a class-action sexual harassment arbitration case according to the Washington Post. The class...
How technology may hurt hourly workers
On Behalf of Sapir Schragin LLP | Feb 21, 2017 | Wage & Hour Laws
New York residents may be aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. It outlines wage and hour laws that ensure workers get paid a minimum wage and that employers observe overtime regulations. However, timekeeping software may make it easier for employers to...
Court rules subgroup age discrimination claim can proceed
On Behalf of Sapir Schragin LLP | Feb 14, 2017 | Employee Rights
Employers in New York who discriminate against workers because of their age could face legal repercussions. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers who are over the age of 40 from disparate treatment in employment decisions. A recent ruling in the...
Women experience sexual harassment in all industries
by Sapir Schragin LLP | Feb 6, 2017 | Sexual Harassment
Workplace sexual harassment occurs in all different types of New York industries in New York. In November, ABC News brought 10 women together who had all experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. While each of the 10 women worked in a different industry, a...
Lunch breaks may be compensable in some situations
On Behalf of Sapir Schragin LLP | Jan 27, 2017 | Wage & Hour Laws
Most full-time New York workers need to take a lunch break at some point in their day. Lunch breaks typically last between 30 minutes and an hour, and they are different from the shorter rest breaks that may be offered throughout the day. While short breaks are always...
EEOC releases enforcement guidance for anti-discrimination laws
On Behalf of Sapir Schragin LLP | Dec 22, 2016 | Employee Rights
Most New York employers are subject to the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which among other things forbids workplace discrimination against members of protected classes. In November, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a...
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