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What Laws Protect Employees From Discrimination?

The most important thing for an employer should be how well an employee performs. However, this is not always the case. Discrimination is rampant among employers, as companies discriminate against employees due to factors such as age, race, gender, disability, and other factors beyond a person’s control.  This is illegal. There are many laws in…

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What is Paid Family Leave?

Making the decision to have a child and continue working is difficult for working parents. Many couples want to have children, but cannot afford to stop working and care for their children full time. This is why some states have Paid Family Leave policies in place. New York has the strongest Paid Family Leave policy…

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Is Workplace Bullying Illegal?

When you think of bullying, you may think of kids in middle school or high school. Unfortunately, bullying is a behavior that can continue well into adulthood. In fact, bullying is a huge problem in workplaces across the country—so much that legislators are creating laws to combat the issue. Bullying is often based on discrimination…

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What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Sexual harassment is an issue that is still plaguing workplaces across the country. Workers should be free to perform their work duties in peace, but many are harassed by co-workers and managers solely based on their sex. Sexual harassment is illegal. Sexual harassment may include requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, and any type…

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What is a Mandatory Arbitration Agreement?

You may have signed a mandatory arbitration agreement with your employer and not even know it. As part of a job offer or bonus, tens of millions of Americans are forced to sign such documents. Amazon, GE, Ford and Coca-Cola are examples of companies that require these agreements. While you may not think much about…


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What is At-Will Employment?

The United States is one of just several countries that operates under the at-will employment doctrine. What this means is that an employer can fire an employee for any reason, except for one that is prohibited by law. Likewise, an employee can quit a job at any time, for any reason. Neither party would face…


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How to Sue for Disability Discrimination

Everyone is allowed the opportunity to work—even those who are disabled. However, some companies discriminate against those who are mentally or physically disabled. While a disabled person may not be able to perform all types of jobs, many can, and they should be afforded the same rights. There is a federal law that protects the…


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Is the Income Awarded in a Sexual Harassment Settlement Taxable?

Earlier this year, a jury that consisted of five men and seven women awarded TV news reporter Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit regarding a 2008 video shot of her by a peeping tom while she was staying at a Vanderbilt University Marriott in Nashville. The jury found multiple parties responsible including the hotel…


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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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