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Changes enacted in the state of New York have already raised minimum wages for workers in our area and are expected to have a significant impact on local and statewide economic conditions in 2017 and beyond. On December 31, 2016, increases signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo increased minimum wages throughout the state to $9.70 per hour. Some Localities See Even

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Amid allegations that people of color and those who did not meet certain standards of beauty were placed at undesirable tables at the Bagatelle club and restaurant in New York, the company is now facing a discrimination lawsuit from two of its own employees. The allegations outlined in the lawsuit include the following: • French employees were given preferential treatment when hours

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By resigning, you are doing a disservice to yourself and likely helping your employer avoid potential liability. While some employees feel their resignation allows them to part ways with a company on their own terms, in many instances it solely benefits the employer and harms the employee.  For the most part, employees will not be able to collect unemployment insurance benefits where

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Jeffrey Risman, a partner of Risman & Risman, P.C., was quoted in a Law360 article on April 4, 2016, titled "NY Family Leave Policy Could Gain Momentum In Other States," by Vin Gurrieri. As reported in the article (subscription required), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Monday the nation’s most comprehensive family leave program, which allows workers to take 12 weeks

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Earlier this month, the Obama administration endorsed an amendment that would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect gay, lesbian and transgender Americans.  Until now, there is no federal law that unequivocally prevents workers from being fired, harassed or plainly discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Despite strong efforts by a segment of Congress and the

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Last week, UPS had the good sense to settle a pregnancy discrimination case that was renewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in March, which involved a driver’s (Ms. Peggy Young) suit against the postal carrier alleging denial of a her light-duty request in 2006, in violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The High Court held that both parties interpretation of the Pregnancy

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Target has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle charges that its testing procedures for potential candidates was discriminatory based on race and sex. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) commenced this litigation after a reasonable cause finding was obtained post-investigation. The reasonable cause determination held that during its hiring process Target’s exam disproportionately vetted out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based

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