Ohio State University band director Jonathan Walters gained national acclaim and recognition for revolutionizing college football halftime shows by OSU's marching band. Many of his shows went "viral" on YouTube earning hundreds of thousands of views from their complex dance patterns and arrangements synced with their music during the halftime shows. Walters is now singing a different tune however, after being fired from the university following claims that he mishandled several sexual discrimination allegations.
New York employees know that not all jobs run smoothly. When employees face employment disputes, they often think of filing a lawsuit against their employers. Readers need to understand that taking the case to court is not the only solution to their problem. There is an alternative way to settle employment disputes.
The Big Apple is home to people of diverse races, sexual preferences and religious denominations. The incredible varieties of people who reside throughout New York give the state its dynamic characteristics. And, because of this diversity, New York law upholds the need for tolerance and equality both in civil and labor matters. However, there may be times when some employers forget this need and end up trampling the rights of their workers. A Westchester County man claims to be one of the victims of such a disregard of rights.
Employment disputes can be normal occurrences in a dynamic work area. However, they do not have to escalate into litigation. Wage-and-hour disputes are often the center of misunderstandings. However, if New York employers and employees are aware of their specific rights and responsibilities, the possibility of clashes regarding wages and other employment benefits can be significantly reduced.
Under both federal and New York state laws, women are to be afforded the same opportunities in the workforce as men. However, despite the law and efforts of state officials to ensure adequate representation and opportunity, some companies still fail to recognize the value of women in the workplace, and some even trample women's labor and civil rights. This is exactly the allegation behind a recent lawsuit filed by a former female employee against a doughnut business on New York City's lower east side.
New Yorkers are passionate about many things, including their sports teams and their civil rights, especially when these rights are violated in the workplace. It is not uncommon for a New York worker to voice concern when an employer is doing something that tramples on employee labor rights, such as filing a complaint against the violations. However, even if the problem is sorted out, some employers do not appreciate being forced to comply and in return subject their workers to retaliation. Workers should know their options if or when this kind of situation arises.
Wages and work hours are often a bone of contention in many employment law cases in New York, as well as in the rest of the country. However, wage-and-hour disputes can be avoided by both employers and employees, if they understand the relevant information about wage laws and when to communicate essential information to each other.
Job security is extremely important for most workers, including those in New York, especially during economic turmoil, such as that seen over the last several years. Unfortunately, New York's employment-at-will laws offer little protection for many workers.
In New York's competitive workforce, keeping a job is a necessity. Also, job security, income and benefits are a big help for New Yorkers and their families because the uncertain economy has yet to stabilize. However, if an employee is unexpectedly laid off from work without a specified reason, a worker will no doubt wonder if the firing was legal or if it may be a possible case of wrongful termination. It is important that a terminated worker know the nuances of wrongful discharge to find out the facts of the firing and formulate any possible response.
In addition to wages and benefits, employers should also provide workers with appropriate working conditions. Good working conditions help workers be more productive. They can also ensure that employees are happy and well adjusted so that their performance is up to par. This is basically what nurses from a New York hospital are saying, after complaining that staffing levels in their hospital are unsafe. The hospital, however, does not seem to be taking their concerns very seriously.