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February 2017 Archives

The increase in workplace disability discrimination claims

New York workers concerned about discrimination in the workplace should be aware of the data that has been released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the EEOC, workplace discrimination claims in 2016 increased, and those related to disability seem to be steadily rising. Over 30 percent of the charges in 2016 pertained to disability discrimination, even though disabled individuals comprise only about 20 percent of the national population and a fraction of the workforce.

Common discrimination claims in 2016

The EEOC says that it obtained $482 million in damages for victims of workplace discrimination during fiscal year 2016. Damages were sought and won for those working in both private and government workplaces at the local, state and federal level, including many in New York. The most common type of case involved employer retaliation against an employee. During 2016, there were 42,018 cases, which made up 45.9 percent of all cases heard during the year.

9 things to know about tipping for restaurant workers

Some restaurant workers depend on tips to make a living. New York has strict laws governing how employees and employers handle tips in a variety of situations. For the men and women working for tips, understanding these laws is crucial. Tips that aren't handled properly can lead to legal action against an employer.

Court rules in favor of employee in wage claim case

Some New York employees may know that they are generally entitled to extra pay for overtime hours worked. According to a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, an employee who spent some time performing management duties may go to trial for overtime and retaliation claims. The woman was the chief chef for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who oversaw food preparation and service there.

LGBTQ workplace protections may be under fire

New York LGBTQ residents may be worried about whether or not they will be protected against discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace. This might have been caused by the removal of LGBTQ content from federal websites immediately after Donald Trump took office in January.

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