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Teacher Discrimination in New York

Any person can face discrimination in the workplace—even teachers. Teachers have the same rights as other professions, but many face pressures, such as age, race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and academic freedom. Even in New York, many teachers have filed discrimination suits in the past decade over issues such as race, age, sexual…


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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?

Almost every business has had to terminate a worker’s employment at some time. Maybe the work is seasonal and the company simply ran out of work. It could be that the company is restructuring. Perhaps the employee is a poor performer. No matter how a person is laid off, businesses can almost always expect a…


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Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination: What You Should Know

Ideally, all workers would be able to perform their job duties in peace, without being harassed, teased, or called names by their colleagues and supervisors. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many employees face discrimination in the workplace for various reasons. Some are treated unfairly due to their race, age, gender, marital status, religion,…


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What is GINA?

Many people undergo genetic testing in order to find new therapies and cures for certain diseases that they may have. While this testing can help improve their health, many fear that they will face discrimination based solely on their genetics. While this may seem far-fetched, unfortunately many people have been turned down for jobs or…


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How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is a huge issue in workplaces across the United States. Employees should feel comfortable while at work. When they are harassed by co-workers, supervisors, customers, or vendors, it creates a hostile work environment. A victim may no longer want to go to work. He or she may suffer from anxiety or depression or…


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Minimum Wage Employers Must Pay in New York

While employers may feel like they should control how much they pay workers, there are state laws that regulate this. These laws are in place to ensure workers are paid a fair wage. After all, living in New York is expensive and nobody can survive on $5 an hour. On December 31, 2018, New York…


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Disability Sensitivity Training for Employees

People with disabilities often face challenges in the workplace. Many face disability discrimination and are never even hired for positions for which they are amply qualified. They may get teased because of their appearance or their inabilities. Perhaps they have mobility issues. Maybe they have a medical condition that requires reasonable accommodations from their employer….


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Illegal Reasons to Fire Someone

New York is an at-will state when it comes to employment, like 48 other states (Montana is the only exception). What this means is that if you are an at-will employee, you can be fired at any time. However, the reason has to be legal. Fired because you are pregnant? Illegal. Fired because you drive…


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Do Employers Have to Pay Overtime?

If you work long hours in New York, you may wonder if you are being paid fairly. Overtime laws apply to most workers, but when exactly does overtime kick in and how much should someone be paid? Who is exempt from overtime laws? Overtime often applies to hourly workers and is based on the number…


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Can You be Fired for Whistleblowing?

Many employees are scared to report issues in the workplace, such as discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, and safety violations. Why? Because they are afraid of getting fired. As sad as it may seem, making a complaint about the workplace can cause an employer to fire an individual in an effort to silence them…


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