The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

A Long Island woman has filed suit against Banc of America Securities, alleging the company “left her to hang out to dry and get punished by her co-workers” after she made a sexual-harassment complaint …

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Yolanda Pozo, a Cuban native and devout Catholic, worked as a maid at a New York hotel. When she started in 2001, she worked Monday through Friday. Her schedule did not conflict with her church attendance, but …

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Local 580 of the Ornamental Iron Workers, a construction trade union in New York City, will pay $800,000 to settle a contempt action by the EEOC for referring white members to jobs more frequently than blacks and Hispanics …

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One of the most important factors in promotion discrimination cases is also one of the easiest to control. The courts may not care that your decisions on whom to promote were perfectly rational; they want proof that you used the same factors for each candidate, flawed or not …

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The New York Human Rights Law, like Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, makes it illegal to fire an employee because of his or her race. Both laws also recognize that it’s unlikely that a manager who is aware of an employee’s race when hiring would turn around and fire the same employee because of race …

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The widow of a Lockheed Martin test engineer who drowned in Cayuga Lake when he fell from a company barge settled a lawsuit against the company for an undisclosed amount. The widow sued under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act …

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Flushing Manor Geriatric Center Inc. in Queens will pay $900,000 to 29 Haitian and Jamaican employees for race discrimination and retaliation …

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Under New York’s new Workers’ Compensation Reform law, employers who underreport payroll or misclassify employees by downplaying their duties face the same fines as companies with no workers’ comp coverage …

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Employers use a wide variety of tests to determine whether job applicants can perform the jobs they seek. The tests usually measure the candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities. But if tests cover anything other than the employee’s ability to perform the job’s essential functions, employers could find themselves defending the tests in court …

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If you engage casual workers for short-term work, be aware that you may be their employer for workers’ compensation purposes. That’s why it is so important to check with your compensation carrier about coverage, so you won’t be left holding the bag …

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