A manager and an employee at a Bronx Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant are being sued after they told a disabled Iraqi war veteran he had to leave because he had a dog with him. The vet tried to explain that his dog, named Valor, was a service animal.
Sometimes, work is just plain unpleasant. That’s no reason for employees to sue. Unless the working conditions can be traced to some form of illegal discrimination, the court system won’t intervene.
Support any adverse job action, such as a demotion or termination, with solid business reasons. Clearly and contemporaneously document your decision to act. That way, you can come to court prepared to explain exactly why you did what you did and when you did it.
The New York City Council has passed the Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA), overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. The law will be phased in for private employers. Under ESTA, private-sector employers with 20 or more employees in New York City will be required to offer each employee at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year beginning on April 1, 2014.
A recent New York Court of Appeals case offers guidance to employers that want to slap GPS devices on employees’ cars to monitor their activities.
According to a suit filed in federal court, workers at a New York City Starbucks openly mocked deaf patrons—and their rude behavior didn’t stop there.
A New York City man is headed to prison after being convicted of selling his employer’s copier toner on the black market.
Publishing giant Condé Nast is being sued by two college students who allege they were illegally underpaid while interning at two of the company’s flagship magazines.
Merrill Lynch will pay $160 million to 1,200 black brokers who have worked for the Wall Street giant since 2001. The plaintiffs’ attorneys alleged that Merrill Lynch (now owned by Bank of America) engaged in “systemic” discrimination.
Public employees who work in jobs related to public health and safety and who test positive for drugs can’t refuse to sign medical releases related to treatment for drug and alcohol problems.