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What should I look for in a severance package?

When entering into a relationship with a new employer, it is not uncommon for both parties to include a severance package as part of the employment contract. A severance package can be beneficial to both parties, but it is important for an employee to understand what goes into the agreement and what rights might be taken away when signing the new contract.

Texas Rangers baseball team accused of hazing, sexual assault

It is not uncommon to hear about "hazing" incidents among athletes. Typically, underclassmen in high schools or colleges, and rookies on semi-professional levels, are subjected to various gags of torment and hazing by upperclassmen and veterans. It has gone on for decades. In fact, according to a report by ESPN, as many as 68 reports of hazing took place between 1980 and 2002 by high school, college, and professional sports teams, many of which involved sexual acts. According to a more recent study by the Vanderbilt Medical Center, as many as 47 percent of student athletes have been subjected to hazing in their careers.

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson speaks out

Last July, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Fox News alleging systematic sexual misconduct in the workplace. She also alleged that former Fox Chief Executive Officer Roger Ailes played a role in her firing for not addressing his sexual advances.

Under what grounds can I be legally fired?

Many relationships between an employee and employer are considered "at-will", meaning that an employer may let go or fire an employee or an employee may quit at any time. Although an employer in such instances does not need to provide a reason for terminating the employee, there are instances where the termination is illegal in New York and other States across the nation.

Protecting your rights in the workplace

Throughout the United States, including our neighbors in upstate New York, workers face many challenges. This includes violations of their employee rights, discrimination and sexual harassment. In yet another unfortunate situation, a police officer from Manlius has filed a suit claiming sexual harassment, discrimination and exposure to a hostile work environment by her department.

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