Every employee desires to work in an environment that is safe and free from negative pressure and influence from other employees. Unfortunately, there are situations in which this comfort is compromised and an employee can be left in a position in which they feel something needs to be said. Speaking up and pointing out wrongdoings by a company can be extremely stressful and even can feel unsafe, but there are various safety nets and shields that make whistle blowing a viable option.
If would be nice if everyone could say that they do not work for the money, but solely for the joy of the job. Sadly, not everyone can make that claim, and most people work because they need money to survive -- whether it is for food and shelter, to support a family or even for leisure activities. On the other side of the coin, most businesses are in business to profit. In order for both sides to be in agreement over their goals, wages or salaries must be established and adhered to during the course of employment between a worker and the person's employer.
In any business, employees may feel as though they have much less power than their employer. This may lead to employees not reporting violations by their employer - including potentially unsafe workplace conditions - for fear of being fired. But did you know there are both federal and state protections in place to protect workers in such situations?
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Eric Schneiderman, attorney general of New York, filed a lawsuit against the popular pizza chain, Domino's on the grounds that it systematically does not pay its employees their deserved wages. What makes this suit especially interesting is that the lawsuit is not directed at a specific store or franchise, but rather the corporation itself.
Many New Yorkers are familiar with the International Federation of Association Football, or FIFA. In 2022, FIFA will play its popular international World Cup tournament in Qatar. During preparations, however, FIFA has come under fire for the deplorable conditions of migrant workers building stadiums to host the games.
New Yorkers who watch football know that it can be a brutal sport for the players. The best athletes in the world compete in a sport that involves collisions and impacts on every play. As a result, it is no wonder that there has been suggested links to head trauma among current and retired players. Yet, until a few weeks ago, the National Football League (NFL) never officially acknowledged there was any link.