Whether you are an employer or an employee, it’s important to stay up-to-date on developments in employment law to protect your rights in the workplace. Our blog highlights the most relevant news, bills, lawsuits, and “how-tos” of employment law for working professionals. Our blog also includes our firm’s most recent news.
A recent New York Times investigation has found that women in physically demanding jobs lost their pregnancies after employers denied their requests for accommodations. Some employers even ignored doctor’s notes that pregnant employees provided. When the expectant mothers continued to perform such physically demanding work, they miscarried. The federal laws regarding pregnancy discrimination are vague. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act states that a company has to accommodate pregnant workers’ requests only if it is already doing so for other employees who
In the “#MeToo” era, people are becoming increasingly aware of the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. This problem can arise in small and large companies. For example, WeWork, a New York City start-up that provides shared workspaces for tech-startups, recently has been accused of having a “frat-boy” workplace culture. Ruby Anaya, a former WeWork employee, alleges that the “frat-boy culture” enabled sexual misconduct and punished employees for coming forward.
Anaya filed a lawsuit against WeWork in the
Non-compete defense occurs when employees leave, compete with a former employer, and break a contract in doing so. Non-competes, which originally were used to keep top executives from taking trade secrets to rival firms, have now become common among all types of workers. For example, non-competes in the medical field – ie nurses and doctors – are particularly popular. Non-competes now cover 18 percent of all U.S. employees and have covered 38 percent of workers at some point in time.
In 2016, the wife of a Manhattan financier hired a nanny to care for her newborn. Upon discovering the race of the new nanny, she intended to send her husband a text saying “NOOOOOOOOOOO ANOTHER BLACK PERSON.” Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman, a mother of two, wrote this message upon meeting the new nanny, Giselle Maurice, for her first day at work. However, Plasco-Flaxman did not actually send this message to her husband. She accidentally sent the message to her nanny. Twice. Upon
In response to recent allegations of unfair employee treatment, Amazon said it will boost its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour starting in November. The decision affects more than 350,000 employees, as Amazon is one of the largest employers in the United States. Workers in customer service or operations, some of whom already make $15 an hour, will also get pay raises. A company spokesman predicted the wage increase will “have a profound impact on the
Geoffry Owens is known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux on the Cosby show. Today, he works as a cashier at Trader Joe’s. Recently, a photo of Owens at work went viral. People mocked the former actor for taking this lower paying job. The Mail Online posted an article with the headline: “From learning lines to serving the long line!” Others found this article insulting because it job-shamed Owens. Those who disagreed with the article highlighted that Owens was simply
Recently, a group of former and current employees from Insomnia Cookies filed a class and collective action lawsuit against their employer. The company is known for delivering warm cookies and catering to students, many in New York City, who often order late at night. This group of employees alleges that the company has committed widespread mileage-related wage violations. These types of violations occur when a company requires an employee to use their personal car for work and they don’t reimburse them appropriately for driving-related expenses. According to the legal complaint, Insomnia Cookies
Many women and people of historically underrepresented groups are familiar with the glass ceiling: an invisible barrier that keeps a demographic from rising beyond a certain level in a profession. Mothers or expectant mothers face a second barrier, the maternal wall which is, unfortunately, becoming more common in the workplace. The maternal wall occurs when a woman becomes pregnant and is unfairly discriminated against at work. She may be denied a promotion, or a bonus, or her salary may lag behind
Increasing Wifi access has made it possible for people to work at all times, even when they are far away from the office. For example, many workers are now choosing to work during their commutes. Mobile devices allow people to receive and send work emails with ease outside of work hours. So, should work completed during a commute be considered paid working time? Recent studies and employment policies in other countries provide us with potential answers.
A research team
In New York City, an increasing number of unpaid wage lawsuits have been filed involving food preparation and delivery workers. This trend holds true for smaller restaurants and large chains alike. These workers, who are essential to the operation of a restaurant, often get skirted on overtime, tips, equipment costs, and more. Several high-profile cases demonstrate the severity and frequency of illegal violations against these workers.
Chop’t Creative Salad Company
Delivery and food preparation workers across New York City recently reached an