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.
Kelley Voelker worked at Deutsche Bank for 14 years without a promotion. A vice president with the bank’s securities lending desk in New York City, she was a competent and reliable employee, consistently earning good performance reviews. Yet despite her strong qualifications, she remained in the same position year after year, stagnating. Her lack of promotion wasn’t because of her experience; it wasn’t because of her commitment. It was, Ms. Voelker claimed, because she was “mommy-tracked.”
“Mommy tracking” is a passive-aggressive
It’s 1:30 on a Thursday afternoon. You haven’t felt well all day, and now, ever since lunch, you’ve had a pounding headache. None of your work is getting done, and all you want is to go home and sleep—or maybe go to the doctor. You decide to pack up and leave work early, getting some much-needed rest. But the next day, when you receive your paycheck, you see that your employer has deducted several hours’ worth of pay due to
Issues involving discrimination are some of the most common in employment law. Employment attorneys in New York City frequently see cases involving prejudice and unfair treatment in the workplace, often stemming from discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, or national origin. Employees can be penalized or even fired as a result of discriminatory attitudes. However, in some cases, discrimination can occur before an employee is even hired—and discrimination in the hiring process is illegal, just as workplace discrimination is.
Though hiring discrimination
As is typical in employment law, our firm handles a large number of cases involving FMLA violations each year. The FMLA, or Family and Medical Leave Act, is a federal law which aims to protect employee rights in the event of a medical or family-related situation that necessitates leave from work. The Act guarantees unpaid, job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks in the event of a qualifying condition—but many employees are unclear about the details of the law. In
Actress Jennifer Lawrence turned heads recently when she released an essay entitled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?”, published in Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s newsletter Lenny. In the article, Lawrence writes of her experience as a woman in the film industry, discussing in particular her discovery that she was being paid significantly less than the male actors she co-starred with. Even though Lawrence’s career and the scale of her salary self-admittedly “aren’t exactly relatable,” her essay brings
Leaving your place of employment is often difficult, no matter whether you’ve been working for 10 months or 10 years. You might be switching jobs, taking on a better offer, retiring, or perhaps you’ve been laid off. Regardless of the circumstances, the transition can be an emotionally turbulent one, especially if it wasn’t your choice. However, even though employment changes can be stressful and overwhelming, it’s crucial not to lose sight of your entitlements in the wake of leaving your
Have you been fired in connection with a long-term illness or disability? A family member’s illness or disability? A pregnancy, maternity leave, or even an adoption?
You’re not alone. FMLA-related terminations are among the most common employment law violations every year—but many people still aren’t aware that their job is protected under the FMLA.
The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, ensures job-protected, unpaid leave for medical and/or family-related circumstances requiring absences from work. You may have heard the FMLA referred to
Sexual Harassment in New York City: Lessons in Prevention and Protection from the Bouveng Litigation
In the spring of 2013, 23-year-old Hanna Bouveng was a newly-minted New Yorker, having just moved to New York City from her native Sweden in search of internship opportunities. When she met Wall Street financier Benjamin Wey shortly after her arrival, she thought she’d found a unique opportunity to further her career. Wey’s billion-dollar private equity firm, the New York Global Group, was in need of a new director of corporate communications. Hanna took Wey up on his offer: the
Last week, the Firm filed an overtime pay class action lawsuit on behalf of IT Engineers employed by Align Communications, a provider of IT services with offices throughout the United States and abroad. The primary duties of Align’s IT Engineers consist of installing, configuring, testing, and troubleshooting computer applications, networks, and hardware on behalf of Align’s clients.
According to the federal Department of Labor, IT employees of this nature are eligible for overtime pay, yet Align determined that they were ineligible.
Information on Our Firm’s $3.9 Million Settlement on Behalf of Wells Fargo’s Financial Advisors in New York
The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis filed a settlement approval motion on Monday seeking the Court’s approval of a $3.9 million overtime and unpaid wage settlement obtained on behalf of Financial Advisors with Wells Fargo Advisors in New York State. The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis is seeking class counsel status. For information on the matter, publicly filed court documents relating to the settlement can be found here, and a copy of the publicly filed Amended Complaint can