The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

The owners of Mythos, a Greek restaurant in Queens, have agreed to pay $329,000 in back pay and liquidated damages to 21 employees following an FLSA investigation by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division.

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The current owners of Angelo’s Pizza in Rouse’s Point on Lake Cham­­plain will pay $35,000 to seven former female employees to settle sexual har­­assment charges dating back to the time of its previous owners.

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When a formerly high-rated em­­ployee suddenly finds herself on the receiving end of a poor evaluation, she’s likely to look for a reason—such as her recent announcement that she is expecting a baby.

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Worried that a supervisor’s isolated, ill-advised comment about a subordinate’s cooperation in a discrimination case will mean an automatic win if the employee sues for retaliation? It’s not a sure thing.

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You simply never know which employee will sue for discrimination. Your best defense is to consistently treat all employees equally. Make all your workers follow all your workplace rules all the time.

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A judge ruled that firing a teacher who brought 20 small packages of heroin into a Manhattan Court­­room was “excessive and shocking to this court’s sense of fairness.”

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Some jobs are physically difficult to perform, especially for someone with a disability. But if a disabled employee’s doctors believe she can perform the essential functions, let her try. Otherwise, you face a potential disability discrimination lawsuit.

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You have probably read that un­­paid interns are suing ­employers for unpaid minimum wages and winning. Now they’re pushing the envelope even further, trying to get federal courts to hold employers liable for sexual harassment and hostile environment claims, too.

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Do you need some employees to speak a foreign language? Don’t worry that requiring fluency could be viewed as discrimination.

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A federal judge has ruled that federal labor law covers strippers at Rick’s Cabaret in midtown Manhattan. As a result, they must be paid the minimum wage and are entitled to overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

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