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August 2015 Archives

Understanding New York's minimum wage laws and exemptions


Throughout the United States, including New York, there are both federal and state laws protecting employees' rights and assuring them a minimum wage for their time at work. Although the federal minimum wage in the U.S. is set at $7.25 per hour, if state minimum wage laws are higher, such as in New York, they take precedent over the federal rate.

How can I tell if I was wrongfully terminated?


Losing a job can be difficult in many ways for a New York resident. You don't get paychecks anymore, you may lose friendships you've established with co-workers, your social status may take a hit and your future becomes shaded under a cloud of uncertainty. Although employers have the right to fire employees, there are reasons a termination of employment is unlawful.

Black Virginia man told not to make delivery due to his race


In the retail workplace, employees are often told, "the customer is always right," but when a customer is clearly wrong, and makes a request in violation with federal laws and the company's "diversity and core values," is the company obligated to obey? The answer is no, as one manager learned following a racial discrimination incident that occurred last week at a Lowe's home improvement store in Virginia.

Understanding the severity of sexual harassment and protections


Despite having federal protections in the United States under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is still a serious issue in many workplace environments in the U.S. There were over 12,000 sexual harassment charges filed in 2010, according to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. And due to intimidation or fear of losing one's job, there are likely thousands more that go unreported.

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