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Category Archives: Employment Law

Women Accusing ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez of Sexual Harassment Re-Open Case

by Derek T. Smith In mid-March 2014, the Manhattan Supreme Court dismissed a sexual harassment case against the state Assembly. The suit alleged the Assembly turned a blind eye to former Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s harassment of two young women employees. However, both women have re-opened their case, but this time around they are suing the… Read More »

Women Charge Bias and Harassment in Suit Against Sterling Jewelers

by Derek T. Smith Fifteen women are currently named in a gender discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against Sterling Jewelers. The Plaintiffs allege that Sterling, owners of Jared, Kay Jewelers and Marks and Morgan Jewelers, paid women employees lower wages than male workers and were denied employment advancements since 2003. In addition, several women were… Read More »

Can I Be Sexually Harassed During a Job Interview?

by Derek T. Smith During a job interview, you do your best to be professional. When the interviewer crosses those professional boundaries, it may constitute sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in New York includes all unwelcome sexual advances or behaviors in the workplace, even when you are not technically an employee of that company. If you… Read More »

Texas Man Wins Sexual Harassment Case Against Female Boss

by Derek T. Smith Female-to-male sexual harassment cases are on the rise — and women are learning inappropriate workplace behavior is unacceptable. In a recent Texas case, Galveston County Deputy Constable James Gist, 51, sued the county and claimed ex-Constable Pam Matranga repeatedly sexually harassed him from May 2011 to October 2011. Gist was awarded… Read More »

Anita Hill Documentary Continues to Bring Awareness to Sexual Harassment

On March 21st, the documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to Power came to theaters in New York, 23 years after the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas scandal first brought sexual harassment into the mainstream discussion. In 1991, Ms. Hill accused Supreme Court Justice Nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment while as her supervisor at the U.S…. Read More »

Sexual Harassment Claims for Federal Employees

by Derek T. Smith As a federal employee, you have the right to be treated fairly in the workplace, regardless of sex or gender.  If you feel you have been sexually harassed at work, you have the right to pursue legal action. The process is a bit different for federal workers versus those in the… Read More »

Preventing Sexual Harassment on the Job

by Derek T. Smith Many employers take steps to prevent harassment and protect themselves from legal liability, but what can you do as an employee to ensure you remain free from workplace harassment? Unfortunately, not all company policies effectively avert inappropriate behavior. Unscrupulous employees may still try to take advantage of their fellow co-workers. In… Read More »

How New York State Law Provides Rights to Domestic Workers

Historically, domestic workers were not given the same employment rights as individuals working in large companies. This has placed hardship on the people who clean homes, take care of children and the elderly, and those who cook meals for families in home environments. Fortunately, New York State labor laws now include the Domestic Workers Bill… Read More »

What You Need to Know About the Faragher/Elerth Defense

by Derek T. Smith If you were sexually harassed at your New York City workplace, you have the legal right to take your employer to court. You deserve compensation for your trauma, and you may help prevent future victims from enduring the same distress. Once you file a lawsuit, your employer may either deny the… Read More »

How Much Your New York Sexual Case is Worth: New York City Court

by Derek T. Smith It’s time to take your employer or former employer to court for sexual harassment. The question is, which court to you bring them to? New Yorkers have a choice of filing a sexual harassment lawsuit under federal, state and/or city law. Each court system is governed by a unique set of… Read More »

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