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What to Do if Coworkers Complain About an Employee’s Accommodation

There is still a lot of disability discrimination in the workplace, and while employers are making reasonable accommodations to ensure that employees’ rights are protected, many companies are dealing with a different but related issue. They grant an employee an accommodation, only to hear complaints from the employees who do not require such accommodation. This…

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Is There a Penalty for Paying Employees Under the Table?

Most employers pay their employees via direct deposit or a paper check. Some, however, prefer to pay “under the table” with cash. You may have heard this term, but what does it really mean. And most importantly, is it legal? Under the table compensation involves the payment of cash with neither the employee nor employer…

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Are Height, Weight or Lifting Requirements Legal?

You may have seen job ads requiring that you lift a certain amount of weight, like 50 or 75 pounds. You may have noticed a job description requiring you to be a certain height. Maybe an ad discriminated against overweight employees. If you’ve seen these ads, you’re not imagining things. Employers are getting picky with…

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Does an Employer Have to Grant Every Request for Accommodation of a Religious Belief or Practice?

As Americans, we have constitutional rights. One of these is the right to practice religion. While we can practice religion on our own time, many people are worried about engaging in religious practices while in the workplace. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, you cannot face discrimination based on your religion….

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Workplace Discrimination Involving Temporary Employees

Things are changing in the workplace. The workplace economy is growing, meaning more and more people are taking on temporary work in order to pay the bills. Temp workers often fill in for workers on leave or help deal with temporary staffing shortage, such as when a company is busy during a season and does…

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Paycheck Deductions in New York

It may seem like your hourly rate or salary is small enough. Then you see your paycheck and it’s even less. You may be paying for taxes as well as health insurance, gym memberships and other benefits. These deductions could be reducing your pay by hundreds of dollars per paycheck. This often makes it difficult…

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Vacation Pay in New York

You may have started a new job, only to find out that it does not offer vacation pay to employees. Perhaps your employer does have a vacation policy in place but requires you to use it or lose it. Or maybe every time you try to take time off, your request is denied. Sound familiar?…

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Can You Be Sexually Harassed Outside of Work?

Sexual harassment still occurs quite frequently in the workplace, even though there are laws preventing it. Managers are trained to prevent it, but it still persists. One thing you may not have thought about is the laws that apply to sexual harassment among co-workers in an environment other than the workplace. What if you are…

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Academic Freedom for Teachers

While tenured teachers have to follow the policies their schools have in place, they also have the right to academic freedom. Academic freedom allows teachers to teach students without interference from school officials. This means that while teachers must focus on specific subjects, they can teach them in a way that suits them while ensuring…

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Can an Employer Withhold a Paycheck?

You may have just received notice that you will be laid off in a couple weeks. Maybe you are planning to quit your job. Both of these situations can bring about concerns regarding pay, since many us live from one paycheck to the next. Will you receive your final paycheck on your last working day…

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