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August 2017 Archives

Retaliation a serious fear when reporting harassment

Employees who witness sexual harassment or other kinds of dangerous and illegal conduct at their New York workplaces may be afraid of speaking up due to threats of retaliation. While retaliation against whistleblowers is generally illegal, this doesn't mean that people who report unethical or damaging conduct have nothing to worry about.

6 Plaza Hotel employees claim incessant sexual harassment

Six current and former female workers who were employed at New York's Plaza Hotel filed a lawsuit against the establishment on Aug. 8. They alleged in the court documents that they experienced incessant sexual harassment from senior management and other male hotel workers.

Employers could be responsible for FMLA mistakes

Employers in New York could create liability for their organizations if written communications contain errors regarding a worker's eligibility under the Family Medical Leave Act. An appeals court ruling allowed one employee's FMLA legal complaint to go to a jury even though the person had not technically qualified for the leave.

Justice Department opposes gay, lesbian civil rights

A former instructor at a skydiving company in New York filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company claiming he was fired because of his sexual orientation. His claim that this falls under sex discrimination as outlined in the Civil Rights Act has been supported by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, on July 26, the Justice Department informed the appeals court that the law applied to different treatment between men and women and not sexual orientation.

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