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May 2017 Archives

Employers may not discriminate because of bankruptcy

Workplace discrimination can take many forms, some of them more surprising than others. When we think of workplace discrimination, we generally think of sexual harassment from a superior, or an employer who does not respect the race or religion of an employee.

What Does Age Discrimination Look Like?

In an ideal workplace, every employee is valued based on their knowledge, skills, and work ethic. Unfortunately, not all workplaces operate that way. Workplace discrimination is all too common, and can rear its ugly head in a variety of ways.

Can I expect any privacy at work?

When you work for an employer, there is often confusion about exactly how much privacy you can expect while at your job. Most commonly, employees face issues of privacy involving their communications with others and their employee's right to monitor those communications. Although your employer does retain broad rights to monitor your communication, these rights do have limits. Unfortunately, many employers do not recognize or abide by these limits.

Sexual violence in schools

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits schools from discriminating on the basis of sex. The Supreme Court has interpreted Title IX to cover sexual harassment or assault in schools. While sexual assaults at the college level have drawn media attention in recent years, assaults in K-12 schools often fly under the radar. Many schools react indifferently or with hostility to students who report being the victims of sexual violence. The government agency responsible for addressing these complaints is barely making a dent and is facing likely budget cuts under the current administration. Students are often left feeling like they have no recourse.

College president fights back after firing

Wrongful termination can happen in just about any setting, not only the public business sector. Recently, right here in New Jersey, the president of a college and an attorney for the institution filed a lawsuit alleging that they were let go after looking into financial issues within the school. According to the suit, the plaintiffs claim that the Board of Trustees colluded to oust the two after they raised concerns about certain conduct within the financial department, some of which may have even qualified as criminal.

Subcontractors fight back for fair pay

When you work as a subcontractor, it is absolutely crucial that your employer pays you properly and on time. Of course, if you work as a subcontractor, you already know that this does not always happen. While many workers shrug it off as part of the business, employers who underpay are breaking the law, and should be held accountable.

New Jersey Wage and Hour Attorney Discusses The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Don't be fooled by the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, which by the way is only the latest GOP effort to have this or a very similar bill enacted. Similar bills were introduced and failed in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The GOP wants to fool you by claiming that this bill would help working families and allow them the "flexibility" to "earn" compensatory time that can be used later to accommodate family issues such as sick children (which is why we have the FMLA) or other needs.

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