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February 2014 Archives

High court rules for New York worker in employment contract issue

The concept of a global economy is not necessarily new. When it comes to employment law, difficult issues can arise for many workers as an employer may present an employment contract that involves provisions that are governed by laws in other states. In today’s economic landscape, a worker may live and work in one state, while the employer is in another state.

Extended Stay Hotels settles equal pay dispute

The Equal Pay Act was first signed into law a little more than 50 years ago. Over the years there have been numerous stories about the gender gap in pay. Statistics have varied from time-to-time (and source-to-source) over the years. Unequal pay based upon gender is a form of workplace discrimination. Different laws have been proposed and enacted to address the wage gap. But, New York workers may be aware that discrimination in pay continues to arise in some job settings.

Blind worker sues Arc of Onondaga for disability discrimination

A woman who works for Arc of Onondaga is suing the community-based organization for alleged disability discrimination. The organization provides services for people who have developmental disabilities and a woman who works for the organization says Arc failed to accommodate her disability. She says that after she requested a reasonable accommodation, she was demoted.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: it’s in effect in New York

A 22-year-old Bronx worker had dreams of going to college where she would study to become a teacher. With a baby on the way, this goal would have to wait just a little bit longer as she continued to work at a thrift store to cover her day-to-day expenses. Taking unpaid leave wasn’t an option for this pregnant woman, but she wasn’t allowed to make the decision.

Woman fired for caring for sick niece settles FMLA claim

It is no secret that not all households in New York are comprised of members of what could be described as only including a traditional, nuclear family. Working adults in some households in New York, like anywhere in the country, may take in a child of a sibling. Blended families, adoptive parents, and other types of relationships may place an adult with the financial responsibility for a child, as well as responsibility for day-to-day care of the child.