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Employees have rights under the law

Federal law requires New York employers to pay their employees for all time spent under the employer's control and while working in the employer's interests. This includes the time that the employee isn't performing job duties. Depending on the state, there may be exceptions to this rule, such as one unpaid meal break lasting at least 30 minutes during a six-hour shift.

English-only rules at work could expose employers to lawsuits

New York is home to many immigrants, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of national origin. Discrimination, however, can take many forms, and English-only rules at workplaces represent one possible one.

Age discrimination a growing problem

Age discrimination in the workplace or even before getting hired is an ongoing problem for people in New York and throughout the United States, and unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to prove age discrimination in court. In 2009, a ruling by the Supreme Court found that age had to be the primary reason a person was laid off rather than a contributing factor before legal action could be taken against the employer for age discrimination. A proposed bill to reverse the decision never made it to a Congressional vote.

Yelp employee fired for 'negative review'

Many New York consumers go to Yelp to read reviews of local businesses or post their own reviews. Because Yelp has become so popular, low star-ratings and negative reviews can have a significant impact on a business' chances of success. Now, Yelp is facing its own negative review in the form of a letter that was posted online by one of its employees.