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Ricotta & Marks Client Awarded $500K from Sexual Harrassment Claim

A Brooklyn federal jury has awarded $523,000 to a public-school teacher represented by Ricotta and Marks, P.C. who charged that her principal took revenge when she rebuffed his sexual demands and that the city Department of Education turned a blind eye. Full NY Post Story

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Types of U.S. Work Visas | What You Need to Know

Many foreigners come to the United States to find work, either on a temporary or permanent basis. However, almost all jobs require proof of eligibility to work in the U.S., which means that those who were not born in the United States must have the appropriate visa in order to hold a job here. In…

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What are Unpaid Wages? Handling Wage Theft

Most employees receive their correct wages on time as expected, whether they are paid weekly, biweekly or monthly. Unfortunately, many workers do not have this luxury. They often find that their paychecks come up short. Some do not even receive their paycheck on time. It may come days or even weeks late. When an employer…

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What is a Non-Compete Agreement?

If you have been offered a job, you may be asked to sign a non-compete agreement. A non-compete agreement is a type of employment contract between the employee and employer. This document restricts a person’s employment opportunities should they decide to part ways with the company. For example, you may be prohibited from working within…

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2018 Unemployment Statistics: Unemployment Rate Demographics

Many Americans are without jobs, but when it comes to unemployment in the United States, is it equal across the board or is discrimination a factor? Even though we are now in the 21st century and focusing more on equality, certain demographics still have the biggest advantage when it comes to getting jobs. Discrimination is…

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Microaggressions in the Workplace

What you are saying to others while at work may be bothering them a lot and you may not even know it. Many of us make comments that seem well-intentioned but are actually microaggressions attacking a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. First of all, you may be wondering, “What is a microaggression?” Microaggressions…

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How to Terminate an Employee

Terminating an employee is not an easy task. Employers dread this situation because it often becomes emotional. Nobody wants to lose their job and have to deal with the stress and financial difficulties that ensue. However, most employment is at-will, meaning that either the employee or employer can end employment at any time. This does…

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Undocumented Workers’ Rights in NYC

In 2014, there were 1.15 million undocumented immigrants in NYC and the surrounding areas. While many people seem to believe that these immigrants are stealing jobs from Americans, they are actually doing the jobs Americans do not want to do. Because of their immigration status, undocumented workers are often discriminated against and treated poorly. They…

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How can Managers Improve Employee Satisfaction With the Feedback Process?

When many people hear the word “feedback,” their first instinct is to recoil in horror. After all, “feedback” is often synonymous with criticism, and nobody wants to be ripped apart by a loved one, customer, or employer. Feedback, however, is necessary in today’s world—both as an employee and as an employer. Many employers seem to…


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Weight Discrimination in the Workplace

When you think of discrimination, images of employees being harassed because of their age, gender, or sexual orientation may come to mind. However, not much is discussed about another common type of discrimination: weight discrimination. The reality is that many employers are choosing workers based on their appearance. In fact, 5% of men and 10%…


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