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May 2015 Archives

Do my employee rights include maternity leave?

For many people in the United States having a child is one of the most exciting and important moments in life. Beyond the commitment of time necessary during a pregnancy and up to and during the birth of a child, raising an infant comes with a seemingly infinite number of commitments and responsibilities. With this in mind, the United States federal government enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, also known as FMLA.

Knowing your rights as an employee can save your career

Whether you work in the public or private sector, in a blue collar or white collar job, understanding your rights as an employee can prove crucial to maintaining a healthy, productive and successful career. There are many federal and state laws in place that were created to help protect employees during their course of work.

Understanding the protections of a whistleblower

Some of you may remember the 1999 film, The Insider, starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe, based on true events of a whistleblower fighting the tobacco industry. The film received nearly universal acclaim and was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture. At the time, the film helped spotlight the rights of whistleblowers in the workplace.

City Councilman suit sheds light on workplace sexual harassment

New York City Councilman Andy King may soon be facing a lawsuit following the firing of a staffer earlier this year. The staffer, who worked at the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, worked under King, who was chairman of the group. King is well-known at City Hall for his colorful and outlandish outfits.

Boy Scouts of America in legal battle with the state of New York

The Boy Scouts of America has recently come under fire after the New York attorney general's office opened an inquiry as to whether the group discriminated against gays in their hiring practices. The inquiry stems from a national board ruling which excludes gay Boy Scout leaders 18 years of age or older. Previously, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Boy Scouts have a constitutional right to exclude gays.

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