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December 2017 Archives

Study implies age discrimination in social media job advertising

Older workers in New York and around the country are protected against discrimination in the workplace by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The 1967 federal law covers workers who are 40 years of age or older, but a recent investigation by the nonprofit group ProPublica and the New York Times suggests that some of the nation's largest companies are advertising their job openings on social media platforms like Facebook to avoid older candidates and attract younger applicants.

Independent contractor status at issue in taxi driver case

Increasing numbers of people in New York find themselves working within the gig economy. Companies almost always classify them as independent contractors, which prevents them from enjoying the rights of employees. A case on the West Coast, however, presented an example of an appeals court overturning a lower court's ruling that a taxi cab driver was an independent contractor.

Senator from New York supports bill addressing sexual harassment

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is part of the bipartisan group proposing a bill called Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment. It would create a legal limitation on the use of arbitration agreements to cover up allegations of sexual harassment in workplaces. The bill calls for the exclusion of sexual harassment and gender discrimination from the terms of employment agreements that mandate arbitration as the only method for dispute resolution between workers and employers.

Qualifying for FMLA could protect workers from retaliation

Managers and supervisors in New York should avoid criticizing employees for taking time off for medical treatment and recovery. Even if a worker does not officially take a leave under the terms of the Family Medical Leave Act, time off that could have qualified as FMLA leave could still entitle an employee to protection from retaliation or interference.

4 tips for victims of wage theft

When you put in endless hours, along with blood, sweat and tears, you expect to receive the compensation you are due. Furthermore, you expect your employer to deal with you honestly. But, that does not always happen. Not all employers look out for their staff. In fact, some of them actually steal from their employees.

Native Americans report frequent workplace discrimination

Discrimination can be a major concern for many people in the workplace in New York and across the country. One group that has been impacted by employment discrimination as well as oppression and racism in other areas of life is Native Americans. Discrimination has ranged from overt racially discriminatory practices to actions that impact cultural practices. For example, traditional Native American haircuts have been derided as unprofessional or inappropriate for the workplace. In other cases, negative stereotypes about Native Americans have been used to judge workers for injuries on the job or using sick time.

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