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Former fast-food workers claim sexual harassment, discrimination

A hostile working environment is not conducive to New York business. It can also be an affront to workers' labor and civil rights. Unfortunately, despite ongoing campaigns to push for equal rights in the workplace and overall progress, some employers and supervisors still fail to grasp the terms "equality" and "respect" in the workplace. Take, for example, the case of two African-American women who are former employees of a fast-food restaurant in Queens. The two recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against McDonald's.

New York workers who supported union lose their jobs

Labor unions give employees the chance to have a voice and an opportunity to provide a united front when addressing labor and civil rights of workers. Employees have the right to choose whether they wish to form or join a union. However, some employers scoff at workers who support a union and sometimes go to great lengths, including using questionable means, to show their displeasure. Two New York bookstore workers claim that their employer did the unthinkable after learning they had cast a vote in an election to decide on unionization.

International retailer sets tone for improved employee pay

Over the last few years, the minimum wage has been a hotly debated topic around the United States, including in New York. Workers have lobbied for increases, citing the difficulty they have meeting daily living expenses. Many employers counter by arguing that paying more to workers would hurt their businesses and hurt the economy. This impasse has left the federal governments searching for answers. Recently, Swedish retail giant Ikea cemented its reputation for fair treatment by announcing it would increase the minimum wage it pays its own workers.

Former employees sue country bar for sexual harassment and abuse

In society as a whole and in workplaces in particular, stereotyped gender roles are slowly becoming relics of the past. Women not only get more employment opportunities but also have more chances to develop careers. Unfortunately, some establishments seem to have trouble with the concepts of equality, tolerance and respect. According to former employees, a country bar in midtown Manhattan seems to be one of those establishments.

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