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Former college employees say employee rights were violated

| Nov 15, 2018 | Employment Law for Employees |

When employees in New York State have been mistreated by an employer in any way, they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing. Understanding when to take that step can be confusing and it can be an intimidating process to move forward with employment claims. However, it is often the only strategy available to achieve justice. Fighting for employee rights is a worthwhile endeavor not just for the individual or individuals who were subjected to wrongdoing, but for others who might be confronted by these problems in the future.

The for-profit school Berkeley College is facing a lawsuit from three former employees at their White Plains campus. They assert they were subjected to a hostile work environment based on their gender. They also say they were wrongfully terminated. The case involving three former employees says that they worked as admissions counselors. They were dismissed in 2017. They received “right to sue” letters from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) earlier this year.

In the lawsuit, they name the chief operating officer at their campus and the college as the defendants. Another counselor has not been named in the suit, but was repeatedly mentioned in the filing. This person is said to have made offensive comments to the plaintiffs. One plaintiff says that she was pregnant and endured comments about her body. This person also made untoward comments of a harassing nature about the other workers. The school had flexibility in its work policies, but there was criticism of the female plaintiffs having kids. They were informed their work was not meeting the necessary standard. They were compelled to sign performance improvement plans they felt were unnecessary and were later fired.

Workers can sometimes be the forgotten cogs in a large business, but when they are not treated in an appropriate manner, face penalties for violations they do not believe they have committed, do not receive the wages and benefits they are entitled to, or are dismissed without cause, it can be the basis of a legal filing. Standing up for employee rights is critical and a law firm that helps these workers is key. Calling for assistance from a firm that understands employment law for employees is one of the most important steps to take and should be done without hesitation.