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What is workplace retaliation?

Sometimes in sports, a player may receive what they perceive to be a dirty hit or unfair call. Rather than accepting the matter as finished, some athletes will choose to retaliate against the offending player or referee when the opportunity presents itself. This form of payback is dangerous and damaging, and New York employees may know that it happens in places other than the athletic fields.

The process for recovering back pay and overtime pay

Terrytown residents work hard for the wages that they earn and should be compensated for the tasks they complete for their employers while on the job. This can include taking on longer hours and working overtime when their employers need employee support to get the work done. When a worker fails to receive the right compensation for the job they have done, they may have a cause to pursue under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

What is a severance agreement?

Not all jobs will endure until a New Yorker is ready to retire. In fact, it is not uncommon for individuals to change employers and even career paths throughout the course of their work lives. While some individuals will choose to leave places of employment on their terms and for better opportunities, others will find themselves leaving their jobs at the bequest of their employers.

We can help protect your rights as a New York worker

Those individuals who hold down jobs often do so because they must earn incomes to support themselves and their families. They may have mortgages to pay, children's educational costs to cover and a myriad of other expenses that come due each week, month or year. Without their jobs, their lives may become significantly more challenging and their financial obligations may go unmet.

Is your non-competition agreement valid?

When an individual begins work for a new employer, they must often sign a host of documents related to their prospective work and the rights and responsibilities that they will enjoy in their new occupational position. New York employers sometimes include in those hiring agreements specific terms related to the limits they wish to place on their new employees' options for seeking employment with competing entities. These stand-alone contracts or terms incorporated into other documents are effective non-competition agreements and NCAs must abide by certain criteria in order to be valid.

Racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

Race is a weighty topic in American politics because the laws and policies that our nation's lawmakers enact have direct impacts on how we live our lives. Race is also an important topic when it comes to our workplaces. In New York and the rest of the United States, employers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals based on their race.

Movie producer fired after allegations of sexual harassment

New York residents can often name the actors who portray riveting characters in their favorite movies. They may be able to recognize the work of directors who include trademark effects or stylistic choices in the films they release. Usually, though, they may not have a clue who financed the movie as a producer.

Confidentiality disputes can lead to breach of contract claims

When a business brings on a new hire, it is often looking for new energy and new human capital that will help the entity as a whole grow and become more competitive in its market. Upon retaining a new employee, it is not uncommon for a New Jersey business to offer its new acquisition a contract of terms that detail the employee's conditions of employment. One of those terms may be a confidentiality clause; this post will generally address what these clauses are and how they can cause issues in the employer-employee relationship.

What is religious discrimination in the workplace?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees based on a number of protected classes. One of those protected classes is religion and, as such, a New York employer may be liable for an employee's damages if that employee suffers adverse employment actions due to their religious practices and preferences.

Understand your rights after a wrongful termination

Individuals in New York change jobs with a fair amount of frequency. Some may decide that they would prefer to work for different employers or that they are ready for a complete change in their career paths. Others may find themselves out of work when their employers close their doors or when they are laid off. In some cases, workers may be singled out for dismissal and they may have no idea why their employers chose to let them go.

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