While the roles of employees can be vastly different, all employees have the right to be treated equally and fairly in the workplace. When this does not occur or mistreatment ensues because an employer discriminated against an employee because of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability or genetic information, it is possible to take action and hold an employer responsible for these wrongdoings.
When individuals in New York and elsewhere are hired for a position, they tend to be focused on this new role and what it entails and tend to lose focus on their rights as an employee. Nonetheless, these rights not only exist, but can also be relied upon when employment law issues occur and even if the employee is terminated.
Not long ago this blog discussed the very serious legal topic of workplace retaliation. Workplace retaliation occurs when an employee suffers work-related consequences for taking action against a policy, practice or other employment matter that happens in their job environment. Workplace retaliation can be the failure of an employee to be promoted, the removal of job responsibilities or benefits from a person's scope of duties or any number of other actions that constitute adverse employment action against an employee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.