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Category Archives: Employment Law

Your Rights Under the NYC Earned Sick Time Act

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed into law an amended version of the city’s Earned Sick Time Act in March. The law went into effect on April 1, and as of July 30, employees who have been at their current jobs since before April 1 are now eligible to use their sick time. The… Read More »

Does New York Employment Law Offer Any Protections for New Fathers?

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy started off the 2014 season as the subject of controversy by missing the first two games to be with his wife and newborn son in Florida. When Murphy’s absence was noted by various sports media personalities, it touched off a firestorm of discussion over the rights and responsibilities… Read More »

‘Real Housewives’ Star and Restaurant Owner Lisa Vanderpump Hit with Yet Another Sexual Harassment Suit

The NYC sexual harassment attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group have learned that Lisa Vanderpump, of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Lisa Vanderpump is in more hot water after a new wave of sexual harassment allegations at her restaurant Villa Blanca. Reality Tea reports that former pastry chef Martha Diaz has filed a… Read More »

Understanding a Noncompete Clause

Employers are including noncompete language in employment contracts more often. What does that mean to you? A recent article in The New York Times discusses the rising use of noncompete language in employment contracts. When an employee leaves the employ of a company, noncompete language prohibits him or her from sharing or using company information… Read More »

Third Circuit Court Vacates Order Dismissing New Jersey Sexual Harassment Case

A New Jersey woman saw her claim of sexual harassment reinstated after review by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2012, Marissia Estabrook filed a complaint against her former employer Safety and Ecology Corporation. When the matter was heard in December of that year, the New Jersey District Court ruled Ms. Estabrook failed to… Read More »

Sexual Harassment Suit Against Americare Continues

A sexual harassment suit filed by an ex-employee of Americare gained steam recently when a judge refused to quash a subpoena for evidence of lurid conduct in an Atlantic City hotel. A lawsuit filed in October of last year by Mendel Coen alleges his employer, Faivish Pewzner, chief operating officer of America Certified Special Services,… Read More »

Unemployment Benefits Granted to Woman Who Quit Due to Sexual Harassment

The Appellate Division, Third Division recently upheld an award of unemployment benefits to a woman who quit her job due to ongoing sexual harassment by her supervisor, the owner of the company. For employees who quit jobs due to sexual harassment, unemployment benefits are not guaranteed. According to the Laws of New York, employees who… Read More »

Virginia Court Finds Employer Could be Responsible for Customer Harassment of Employee

A recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling kept alive a legal claim against an employer for harassment of an employee by a customer. In Freeman v. Dal-Tile Corporation, the plaintiff, Lori Freeman, brought a lawsuit against her former employer and others under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Specifically, Ms. Freeman complained… Read More »

Rochester “Bans the Box” to Prevent Employment Discrimination

The city of Rochester recently joined Buffalo in taking steps to reduce discrimination against job applicants with a criminal record. According to a New York Times editorial, about one in four adults in the United States has a criminal record. The collateral consequences of a criminal record are sometimes worse than the punishment suffered after… Read More »

Shikellamy Sued In Child Sexual Harassment Case

In a disturbing piece of sexual harassment news New York sexual harassment attorneys have learned of a case involving the groping of a child. Parents of a kindergarten student are accusing the Shikellamy School District in Harrisburg, PA and its principal of failure to protect their child against the groping of a fellow student. The… Read More »

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