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What are employee rights for a meal breaks in New York?

Some of the most basic aspects of employee rights are often unknown to workers. There could be many reasons for this from not understanding the law or pressure from the employer. Regardless, workers should be aware of such issues as their time allowed for meals and take legal steps, if these are not adhered to or they face wrongful termination because they asserted their rights.

Helping you take action against workplace discrimination

When individuals in New York are interviewed, hired or terminated at a workplace, they believe that these employment decisions are based on their qualifications, experiences and work performance. However, in some unfortunate situations, employees can experience employment decisions that are not based on their qualities but rather characteristic traits that are protected by civil rights laws. Workplace discrimination could happen at any phase of employment, and it is important for employees to note that this is not legal and remedies are available to them.

Employee rights to wages for tipped workers

Many people in New York State work at jobs with much of the income based on tips. These individuals might not fully understand that they still have certain employee rights within the context of their tipped incomes. For example, there is supposed to be a basic hourly wage rate that is contingent on how much they make in tips. In addition, these workers are supposed to receive overtime. When violations are being perpetrated against tipped workers, they must realize that they have the right to be compensated in a legal filing.

What is considered defamation in the workplace?

Employees in New York and other states expect the workplace to be a safe and fairly enjoyable environment. While laws outlining an employee's rights help protect this expectation. it still is not always realized. While most think about harassment and outright discrimination when employee mistreatment is discussed, this circumstance encompasses a broad range of situations. One of these includes false statements that harm the character and reputation of an employee, which is referred to as defamation.

Cybersecurity professionals and their whistleblower rights

The workplace is supposed to be an environment where an employee feels comfortable and is treated fairly. Even in an otherwise good work environment, an employee might become uncomfortable when they observe something unlawful occurring at a workplace. And because of this, he or she might decide to report these problems. While blowing the whistle is a legal action many brave employees to take, it is also a situation that could expose an employee to problems at work. For example, it could result in an unlawful termination of an employee as a form of retaliation for reporting illegal activities.

Do my employee rights allow for paid family leave?

In New York State and across the U.S., the concept of paid family leave is drawing renewed attention as part of the basic employee rights they are accorded. Many people are totally unaware that they might have the ability to take paid family leave. Some, if they try to do so, find themselves threatened with job loss or are fired outright. Knowing the basic rules for eligibility to have paid family leave is essential to being granted the right to take it without discrimination or fear of job loss.

What constitutes sexual harassment and who is protected?

At workplaces in Westchester, White Plains and throughout New York, employees are protected from sexual harassment. Although there might be certain behaviors that are automatically known to fall into the category of sexual harassment, there are other behaviors that might not be as obvious and clear-cut. It can also be confusing as to who can bring a claim for sexual harassment even if there were no overtly negative consequences at the workplace. When there is a belief that it is taking place, it is essential to know exactly what falls into the category of being a violation and how to deal with it.

Ground zero worker claims wrongful termination due to sick leave

Employers in New York and elsewhere have certain expectations of their employees. Additionally, employees have specific expectations regarding their treatment in the workplace. These stem from employee rights and civil laws that protect employees from mistreatment, discrimination and wrongful discharge.

What is gender discrimination?

As a previous post noted, female workers in New York and other states unfortunately experience pregnancy discrimination. This type of discrimination is a form of gender discrimination, and if it persists in the workplace, it presents problems in the work environment and gives an injured employee the opportunity to file a cause of action for damages experienced.

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