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Employment Law

Quick response is a lifesaver in harassment cases

Remind supervisors to react immediately to harassment complaints, at least by notifying HR.

How to improve the FMLA? DOL wants your ideas

Even after 25 years, compliance with the FMLA still confuses and trips up employers. Recognizing this, the U.S. Department of Labor says it will soon seek public comments on ways to improve FMLA regulations.

Trade union lawyers target age discrimination

If you think labor unions only cause trouble for employers that find themselves on the wrong side of a picket line, think again. At least one union has become a driving force in a nationwide effort to ferret out age discrimination and file class-action lawsuits to make it stop.

Presidential hopefuls picket with advocates for $15 minimum wage

The Fight for $15 advocacy group that is pushing to raise the minimum wage nationwide picked up some notable support June 15.

2nd Circuit just made it harder for disabled employees to sue

In a surprise win for New York employers trying to manage disabled workers, it just became a bit more difficult for plaintiffs in the 2nd Circuit to win disability discrimination claims brought under the ADA.

Long Island company settles EEOC bias case for $407,000

West Babylon-based A&F Fire Protection Co. Inc. has agreed to pay a class of black and Hispanic employees $407,000 to compensate them for blatant racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Carefully track all details when replacing older worker

To win an age discrimination case, a worker usually must prove she was replaced by someone significantly younger.

Work just sorta stinks? Judge says, ‘Too bad!’

When it comes to work, pleasant is often good enough. Perfection is probably too much to ask for. Courts understand this, and won’t let a lawsuit advance if it’s just based on common gripes.

Conversations among co-workers can be enough to certify class-action lawsuit

When an employee claims she wasn’t paid properly under the Fair Labor Standards Act, she can ask the court to represent all other similarly situated workers in a potentially costly class-action suit. It doesn’t take much more than a few casual conversations with co-workers for a single plaintiff to move a class-action lawsuit forward.

Transfer after taking FMLA leave? That could be considered retaliation

If you transfer an employee soon after she has returned from FMLA leave, you could wind up facing an FMLA retaliation lawsuit. And as long as the employee can show the transfer was motivated by the use of FMLA leave, she can take a lawsuit to a jury.