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Bill That Lets Bosses Fire Single Women for Getting Pregnant

In the aftermath of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, legislation that protects individuals who oppose these civil unions is being pushed by Republicans. A recent Huffington Post article reports that the law is known as the First Amendment Defense Act and it protects against discrimination by the government…

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Skilled Employment Discrimination Lawyers: NY to Fight Agesim

Approximately 1.1 million teenagers are seeking work but are unable to find it, according to a recent New York Times article. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the share of the labor force that includes workers aged 16 to 19 has dropped by as much as 40 percent since the year 2000. While experts…

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Things to Consider Before Signing that Employment Contract

It’s an exciting moment when a great company offers you an employment contract. But how closely should you read all the details, beyond payment and benefits? Below are some issues that should be closely considered, preferably by an experienced employment contract law attorney. Job Security – contrary to popular belief, protection from involuntary termination is…

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Reddit Executive’s Dismissal Shut Down Parts of Popular Site

Reddit, the popular online message board, shut down hundreds of sections of its site this past week. News reports claim the reason behind the disruption was to protest the sudden dismissal of one of the company’s high-level employees, Victoria Taylor. The shutdown allegedly affected almost 300 discussion areas on the Reddit site, one of the…

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Employment Contract Law: How Many Breaks Am I Entitled To?

Employment contract law was created to ensure that the rights of employees are protected. It is not uncommon for employers to provide employees with periodic rests and lunch breaks, whether paid or unpaid. Contrary to popular belief, these breaks are not mandated by federal labor law, known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Some,…


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Where Do Women Draw the Line with Sexual Harassment?

Coming forward with a sexual harassment complaint in the workplace can be intimidating. In fact, according to a national phone survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), the majority of individuals who experience sexual harassment in the workplace fail to report the incident. One reason may be that this type of inappropriate behavior…

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Salary Overtime Law: Can You Sue Your Boss For Making You Answer Late Night Emails?

With the advent of company-issued smartphones that, unfortunately, give companies access to their employees 24-7, the line between the workday and off-hours has definitely become blurred. Easy electronic access to business due to the common use of BlackBerrys, iPhones, and other hand-held devices is disrupting home-life and raising legal issues. A small number of lawsuits…

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The High Price of Your Cheap Manicure: Overtime Hours Law

A recent New York Times article reported that New York manicurists are often exploited, underpaid, unprotected, and endure other abuses. Reporter Sarah Maslin tells of young Asian and Hispanic women lining up on the street corners along the main roads of Queens, waiting for vans to pick them up and drive them over to nail…

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Seven Types of Workplace Harassment

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, harassment of employees based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or parental status is prohibited. These types of workplace harassment are prohibited under federal (and most state laws). If you or someone you…

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Lawyers Specializing in Education Law to Help With 3020 Hearings

New York’s new $142 million budget contains language that would make it harder for public-school teachers to obtain tenure, which prohibits the firing of a tenured teacher without cause, according to a recent news report. Instead of the current three-year probationary period before becoming eligible for tenure safeguards, beginning July 1 new teachers will face…

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