Federal Complaint Filed By Home Care Workers Against New York Due to “Discriminating” 24-Hour Shifts.

Home care workers recently filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the State of New York and its labor department, claiming they were being unfairly treated regarding 24-hour shifts. The complaint, filed with the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Justice, claimed that the agencies’ policies and practices have led to the unlawful …

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Former New York Governor Sued for Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

One of the first women to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York, filed a federal lawsuit against him. Charlotte Bennett worked for Mr. Cuomo as a staff member for a brief period in 2019. She has previously talked about her experience working for the former …

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Popular Manhattan Bar Owner Required to Pay Settlement to Victims of Harassment and Discrimination

New York City bar Sweet and Vicious must pay a settlement of $500,000 following a 16-month investigation into the establishment’s engagement in discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft. The case is part of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ attempts to create safe and equitable environments for local employees. Employees Were Threatened, Harassed, Discriminated Against, …

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Google Settles Pay Discrimination Matter

Google employees filed a class action lawsuit against the company, alleging that Google was underpaying its female employees. According to the settlement, Google did not admit to offering its female employees less pay than its male employees, giving women positions at lower levels than its male employees, or failing to pay employees what they claimed …

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EEOC Offers New Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination

Good news for caregivers as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance on caregiver discrimination. The EEOC disseminated the report on March 14, 2022, and it supplements the former caregiver discrimination guidance rather than replacing it. The EEOC initiated these changes considering the Covid-19 pandemic, and even though not technically law, employers should …

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Protections Against Caste Discrimination Added to University Policies

California State University recently made a minor change to its anti-discrimination policy that will significantly impact current and future students who attend the institution. This move will allow students who might otherwise be affected by oppression or discrimination based on their caste to receive certain protections under the university’s policy. By explicitly mentioning caste in …

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Risman & Risman Takes on Emirates Airline

A class action lawsuit was filed by our firm in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that employees of Emirates were not given severance pay to which they were legally entitled through the Emirates Severance Plan in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), that Emirates …

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Changes to New York Labor Laws Spell Good News for Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers in the state of New York will soon have more needed protection against retaliation from their employers. This new legislation was signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul and is effective as of January 26, 2022. Senate Bill S4394A will amend Section 740 of New York Labor Law to provide added job protections for those …

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New Legislation Protects New York City Gig Delivery Drivers

Under new legislation proposed and approved by New York City officials, food service workers will now enjoy greater protection and an increase in the minimum pay they can receive for their services. These reforms will allow hard-working service industry employees to receive fairer wages for the work they perform while promoting a safer and more …

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Cuomo Signs New York “No Wage Theft Loophole Act” Into Law

On August 20, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to prevent businesses from committing wage theft against their employees. The “No Wage Theft Loophole Act” changes Article 6 of New York Labor Law to eliminate any exemptions that might allow employers to deprive their employees of wages to which they are fairly and …

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