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The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

You’re risking trouble if you don’t have an anti-harassment and discrimination policy that allows employees to report discrimination and harassment.

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When a New York City employee purports to report wrongdoing on the part of the city government, all that’s required is a good-faith belief that the alleged conduct constituted an “improper governmental action.” It’s illegal to retaliate against an employee who makes such a report.

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Don’t think that just because an employee can’t find an attorney to represent her, you’ll easily get a case dismissed. When employees act as their own lawyers, courts try to give them a fair chance to make their case without benefit of counsel. As the following case shows, that can include giving pro se plaintiffs detailed instructions on how to make a winning argument.

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Employers that create and implement clear, well-publicized policies for reporting sexual and other forms of harassment can defeat many co-worker harassment claims. The key is to come up with a specific process featuring more than one avenue through which employees can complain. Then let employees know it’s there for their use.

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An employee who sues under the EPA can’t pick and choose to whom she compares herself—for example, by selecting a man who holds the same job who happens to make more. She must consider all men and women in the same job classification.

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How you look into misconduct can have huge legal implications for your company. Get the process right the first time.

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You probably have specific rules that spell out discipline for common violations. That doesn’t mean you can’t tailor the punishment to each individual situation. The key is to document the details that justify why one employee who broke a rule was punished more harshly than someone else who broke the same rule.

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In a sudden reversal, New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue has elected to settle a sex discrimination complaint filed by a transgender employee at the company’s store in Houston.

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A new decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has upped the fiduciary ante for employers that offer defined contribution retirement plans.

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Courts often reward employers for offering second chances to employees who might otherwise be fired.

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