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August 2019 Archives

Riot Games settles gender discrimination lawsuit

Some New York gamers may have heard about a class action lawsuit brought against Riot Games in November 2018. On Aug. 23, the company released a statement along with the plaintiffs saying they had reached a settlement without going to trial. Riot Games said it felt like it had a strong case but that it was best for the company and its employees to move past the issue.

The several ways in which employers can steal your tips

Working as a tipped employee in New York can be a great way to make a living. Although your hourly wage may be much lower than even minimum wage employees, when you factor in the gratuity that restaurant patrons leave for you, your hourly wage can be substantially higher. In fact, at some of the nicest restaurants, you could command a very livable professional wage as a member of the wait or bar staff.

FMLA gives broad coverage for employee leave

The Family Medical Leave Act gives many employees in New York the right to take time off work to provide care for family members. However, the regulations put out by the Department of Labor give only a little direction regarding what the term "care" actually means. The DOL acknowledges that it includes psychological as well as physical care and covers situations where the family member cannot handle basic hygienic, nutritional or medical needs.

Memo from Google employee claims discrimination, retaliation

Some people in New York may have heard that Google has faced criticism for its handling of sexual harassment in the workplace, which culminated in a walkout in November in protest. The company revised its sexual harassment policies in response, but critics say the system still does not protect employees, and the organizers of the walkout faced retaliation. Google has come under further scrutiny with the posting of a memo by an employee who says she faced pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.

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