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Black Women Golfing Leads to Race Discrimination

Golfing While Black Is the Newest “Crime” In York, PA’s Public Accommodations. Public accommodations are places meant for use by the public. They may include restaurants, shops, golf courses, libraries, or any other public place. Even places requiring memberships may be considered public accommodations under the law. Discrimination in public accommodations occurs when people are refused service or treated unfairly due to race, color, religion, or other protected reasons under the law. Federal and state laws protect all people from discrimination in public places. These laws prohibit owners, managers, employees, and even customers and patrons from discriminating against customers in ... Read more

5 Signs to Identify Child Sexual Abuse

These Signs will Help You Spot Child Sexual Abuse and Stop It Immediately. Child sexual abuse has become an epidemic in America and beyond. Children face sexual abuse from trusted religious leaders, community leaders, family members, teachers, and more. Unfortunately, according to RAINN, 93% of victims of sexual abuse know their abusers. Abusers often convince their victims that no one will believe them, or they are guilty of something. Therefore, victims of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse, often keep the abuse a secret. As parents, teachers, and trusted adults within the community, we must learn to spot child sexual ... Read more

New York State Employees Are Entitled to Paid Sick Leave

The New York State Sick Leave Law Provides Employees with Up to 56 Hours of Paid Sick Leave On April 3, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law the New York State Sick Leave Law (NYSSL). The law aligns New York State with the 14 other states and Washington D.C. that mandate employer-paid sick leave for employees. The NYSSL goes into effect on September 30, 2020. The state law requires all employers to provide up to 56 hours of sick leave to their employees. Most employers must provide paid sick leave to employees. Read on to learn ... Read more

How to Get Paid for Your Commute

Federal Laws May Allow Non-exempt Employees to Receive Travel Time Pay for Their Commute. COVID-19 has changed the lives of people around the globe. One of the most prevalent changes is the way people, particularly Americans, work. Businesses have found ways to allow people to work from home. The home has become a new office space. As a result, when a person must go into the office, it changes the definition of the commute to work. Since people are now working from home, is the commute to the office for a meeting or other work-related event subject to travel time ... Read more

How Employees Can Take Paid Leave While Schools Are Closed

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) May Help Parents Trying to Juggle Their Jobs While Children Are at Home, Learning Virtually. The start of the 2020-2021 school year brings a new set of challenges to working parents. Working parents are forced to stay home and skip work because schools are closed. The silver lining for this problem exists in the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFRCA provides parents paid time off to care for children when their schools are closed due to Coronavirus. Many areas are experiencing the beginning of the school year like never before. Children ... Read more

George Floyd’s Death Opens Communications About Race at Work

Having Difficult Discussions About Race Relations in the Workplace Can Keep Peace During the Most Difficult Times. The story is not new. However, it may be the final straw. People across the nation are making sure they are heard this time. George Floyd’s death will not be in vain. Race relations in America need to change. Whether you worry about police brutality, race discrimination at work, or other forms of systemic racism, the time to talk and make a change is now. If you want to learn more about the facts of the George Floyd incident and how to start ... Read more

Is Your Employer Using Coronavirus Firings to Discriminate?

Many Employers Are Terminating Employees for Discriminatory Reasons Under the Mask of the COVID-19 Pandemic Reduction in Force. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to require shelter in place rules across the country, many businesses must lay off and terminate employees to stay afloat. Unfortunately, many of these employers are using this opportunity to discriminate against employees for race, religion, pregnancy, disability, age, national origin, for complaining about illegal activity or any other protected status under the law. Most employers have the best intentions. They are reducing their workforce with the hopes of hiring people back. They are following the law ... Read more

“Uber Black” Drivers May Be Entitled to Millions in Unpaid Employee Wages

Courts Determine Whether Uber’s Restrictions on “Uber Black” Drivers Create an Employee Relationship Between Drivers and the Company In 2016, several “Uber Black” drivers brought a class-action lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), claiming the drivers were employees as opposed to independent contractors. The Philadelphia judge issued a summary judgment in favor of Uber Technologies. In January 2019, the Plaintiffs appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. On March 3, 2020, that court ordered the case remanded to the lower court for further ... Read more

Employee Rights When Laid Off Due to Coronavirus

Covid19 Is Creating a Wave of Mass Layoffs and Terminations in Many Workplaces. Are Your WARN Act Rights Protected in the Middle of a Pandemic? The Coronavirus has effectively shut down life within the United States in a matter of days. Many companies are making decisions regarding their workforce. With no money coming in, many will be unable to keep their doors open beyond the shutdown. Unfortunately, mass layoffs and terminations will follow. Even amid a pandemic, employees have rights protecting them against mass layoffs and terminations. Federal and State WARN Act laws protect employees from sudden layoffs without written ... Read more

Healthcare Workers’ Rights When Fired or Forced to Quit for Objecting to Work Conditions While Treating Coronavirus Patients

Healthcare Workers Have the Right to Report Unsafe Working and Patient Conditions without being Terminated or Forced to Quit Even During the Coronavirus Pandemic Healthcare workers are essential personnel during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. When the rest of us are practicing social distancing and isolation, healthcare workers are treating patients diagnosed with Coronavirus. However, even in the most infected areas, healthcare workers have a right to work in a safe environment. When a healthcare facility doesn’t meet the proper safety standards instilled by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) or Covid-19 federal and state protocols, employees have the right to ... Read more

How Can I Get Paid When I Can’t Work Due to Coronavirus?

Employees Are Needed at Home to Care for Themselves, Their Children, and Their Family Members Because of Coronavirus. Do They Qualify for Paid Leave Under New Government Mandates? The Coronavirus Covid-19 is everywhere. Every day, thousands of new cases are diagnosed in the US. People are urged to stay at home and only venture out if it is necessary. Social distancing is the new norm. Unrelated people should stay 6 feet apart. Many schools and businesses are also closing their doors. Even those businesses deemed essential, like construction and home repair, are closing their doors due to lack of activity. ... Read more

What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Does for Employees Who Need Paid Leave?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act forces most employers to offer sick pay and extend FMLA benefits to employees affected by Coronavirus. Congress passed two new laws under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA provides employees with paid sick leave through two new laws. This is the first time the Federal Government has required private employers to provide paid sick leave for employees: 1. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) – This one is more expansive, covers more situations, and pays more money. It works only in the short term for a maximum of 2 weeks. ... Read more

Employee Rights During the Coronavirus Outbreak: What U.S. Employees Need to Know

US Businesses Continue to Create Procedures to Deal with Coronavirus Concerns. Employee Rights, Such as Pay and Sick Leave, Must Be A Part of the Discussion In one week’s time, the United States went from worrying about the Coronavirus to dealing with an outbreak of Covid 19. Testing supplies are limited, and there is no known cure. Rather than employers taking any risks, many are starting to develop plans to help keep their employees, customers, and non-employees safe from possible infection. Employees, in the meantime, are worried about their rights to work and get paid if they get infected or ... Read more

The Coronavirus Spreads Racism and Anti-Chinese Sentiment

In the Wake of a Coronavirus Outbreak, Employers Must Be Mindful of Race Discrimination and National Origin Discrimination Taking Over Employment Decisions. The fear of a coronavirus outbreak overtaking the US is now a reality. The CDC and FEMA are confirming more and more cases of Coronavirus within the United States. However, race discrimination and national origin discrimination in the workplace and beyond are spreading much faster than confirmed Covid-19 cases are popping up. In the wake of this outbreak, employers must be diligent to avoid discriminating against people who are Asian or of Chinese descent. Fear of an illness ... Read more

Are You Entitled to Paid Maternity Leave?

The Family and Medical Leave Act Provides Unpaid Parental Leave to New Parents throughout the United States Of the 41 developed countries in the world, the United States is the only one that does not offer paid parental leave. If you have a baby, you must meet certain criteria to even be entitled to unpaid parental leave under federal laws. What are your options? You need time to heal and time to bond with your child. How do you heal and bond with your newborn without losing a job to go back to? How do you afford to live without ... Read more

Do Nooses, KKK comments, & Confederate Flags Show Racism in Ohio UPS?

Nineteen workers are suing United Parcel Service, otherwise known as the major shipping company UPS, claiming management at a distribution center in Ohio, “enabled, tolerated, and purposefully promoted and encouraged a culture of racism and racially discriminatory conduct.” UPS and five UPS managers were named in the lawsuit for allowing a racially hostile work environment. The 46-page complaint was filed March 12, 2019, in Ohio’s Lucas County Court of Common Pleas. It states that: “The paper promises of UPS to be an equal opportunity employer with zero tolerance of racist comments or conduct are, in practice, merely empty promises . ... Read more

Not So Cushy For Cushman & Wakefield

An African- American female executive of behemoth real estate company Cushman & Wakefield has filed suit claiming race and gender discrimination. In the suit, Plaintiff Nicole Urquhart- Bradley, alleges that she was used as merely a “face for workplace diversity,” but often faced unequal treatment to that of her counterparts. After working for Cushman for over a decade as an executive overseeing the Americas,  Urquhart- Bradley was terminated in January. Her complaint alleges that Cushman & Wakefield promotes an environment where women and minorities are treated significantly different than white males. Plaintiff claims she – along with other women on ... Read more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination After Zarda

The question of whether sexual orientation is covered under Title VII has been brought up again in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Recently, the court reversed and remanded a 2016 decision in the matter of Cargian v. Breitling USA. The case arose when Breitling employee Fredrick Cargian, who is gay, sued the watch manufacturer for allegedly terminating his employment because of his sexual orientation. Cargian claims that after the company got a new president in 2010, the atmosphere became that of a “boys club” — from which Cargian was excluded. Cargian’s further claims that over ... Read more

Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation: Are You Protected?

Discrimination claims often arise in the employment context. Despite this fact, there are a  number of anti-discrimination laws that protect people from discrimination outside of the workplace. The New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”) and New York City Human Rights Law “NYCHRL”) both have provisions making it unlawful for “a place of public accommodation” to engage in discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Discrimination in public accommodations is covered by most state and local laws. The term “public accommodation” is defined differently under both laws. Under the NYSHRL, ... Read more

Did Kavanaugh Commit Perjury?

For the past two weeks, we have heard and read nonstop coverage on Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his accusers’ very serious accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment. However, whether or not you believe Kavanaugh or his accusers, there is a new question making headlines concerning whether or not Kavanaugh committed perjury. This is a question that Kavanaugh cannot hide behind statutes of limitation, as it would be a fresh criminal charge, which would certainly block him from ever sitting next to Justices Roberts, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Gorsuch. What is Perjury? Lying under oath is basically ... Read more

Kavanaugh: Rush to judgement… Again?

It seems that the recent confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh echoes the 1991 confirmation hearings of Anita Hill, a then Oklahoma law professor, who almost upended the confirmation of Clarence Thomas. Like Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, at first wanted to keep her allegations confidential but felt a duty to report the event after Kavanaugh’s nomination. After years on near silence, Ford sent a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and other the California lawmakers in late July of this year explaining how at a gathering in the 1980s an intoxicated Kavanaugh restrained her on a ... Read more

Is Serena Williams right to claim sexism?

It is easy to draw parallels between the discrimination Serena Williams pointed out in heated dispute during the US Open final and discrimination against women, especially black women, face during their jobs. This past Saturday, during the final, where Naomi Osaka beat Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, Williams became outraged when the umpire, Carlos Ramos, penalized her for breaking certain rules, of which men are rarely punished. Williams called Ramos unfair because of what she perceived as sexism in the umpire’s decisions. First, Ramos gave Williams a code violation penalty for “coaching” after ruling that Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, ... Read more

THE “NEED-TO-KNOW” ON NEW YORK’S NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWS

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, New York state and New York city have passed new laws aimed at combating sexual harassment. Each of the laws applies to every employer, regardless of their number of employees. If you are an employee in the state or the city, here are a few points you from the new sexual harassment laws you should know: NOTIFICATION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY: By September 6, 2018, New York City employers must notify their employees of their sexual harassment policy by displaying a poster about anti-harassment rights and responsibilities. The poster, which is designed by ... Read more

EEOC Lawsuit Charging United Airlines with Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a rampant issue as we have seen in the news and on social media. Some of the nation’s most beloved celebrities and public figures have been accused of sexual harassment, and major institutions have even been at the forefront of socio-political discussion as victims continue to  come forward. United Airlines is now center stage in that discussion in an EEOC lawsuit claiming the airline enabled a pilot to sexually harass a female flight attendant without being disciplined. The flight attendant, who is named in the federal Complaint as Jane Doe, claims the airline allowed ... Read more