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What Damages Are Available From The EEOC?

As we have mentioned a few times in the past, the EEOC is responsible for enforcing a number of federal laws that prohibit discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.  These federal laws include: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act … Continue reading

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Am I Entitled to Severance If I Am Laid Off Or Fired?

The simple answer is no.  Neither federal law nor state law requires your employer to pay you severance if you are let go, no matter how long you worked there.  Despite this, many employers do pay severance.  Why?  Simple, they … Continue reading

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Common Questions About The FMLA

While there could be hundreds of different questions that you could have about the FMLA, I will try to answer a few of the most common questions below: Is My Employer Required To Offer Me FMLA Leave If It Has … Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights?

The missions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and New  York State Division of Human Rights (State Division) are very similar: both are responsible for enforcing laws that make it illegal to discriminate against employees in New York that … Continue reading

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Second Circuit Reaffirms Broad Application of New York City Human Rights Law

As we have mentioned in the past, the New York City Human Rights Law provides employees that work in New York City with some of the broadest anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation protection of any employment laws, far more than what is … Continue reading

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Is A Verbal Employment Contract Enforceable In New York?

The general rule is that oral employment contracts are NOT enforceable in New York; instead, an employee will be an employee “at will” – meaning that your employment can be terminated for any or no reason with little or no … Continue reading

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Can I File for Unemployment if I was Fired?

The general rule is that you are eligible for unemployment unless you quit your job without a good reason or were fired for engaging in “misconduct.”  Many people think that they can’t receive  unemployment if they are fired for any … Continue reading

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Can My Boss Refuse To Let My Attorney Attend A Meeting?

Unless you are member of a labor union, it will be up to your employer whether you will be permitted to bring an attorney or other representative to any meeting, whether it be in response to a complaint you made … Continue reading

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Can I Be Fired For Something I Post on Facebook or Twitter? [UPDATED]

Every week, it seems there is another story of someone being fired for something wrote on either Facebook or Twitter.  Because we believe it is our mission here to help educate the workers of New York City and because we … Continue reading

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What is Sex Stereotype Discrimination?

As we noted in yesterday’s post, federal anti-discrimination laws do not prohibit an employer from discriminating on the basis of an employee’s sexual orientation – while New York State and City law do.  Despite Congress’s failure to enact such legislation, … Continue reading

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