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What Constitutes “Reasonable” Accommodations At Work?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws that govern behavior in the workplace all mandate reasonable accommodations must be provided for employees who require them, provided that it would not be an undue burden to do so. However, the word “reasonable” is a highly subjective one, and its meaning changes not only… Read More »

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Is Being Pregnant A Protected Characteristic?

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When a person becomes pregnant, it is usually considered a happy occasion in the family. However, some employers will see a pregnancy as an opportunity to cut that employee’s hours, deny them advancement, or to generally not treat the employee the same as any other, non-pregnant person. The average person might think temporary conditions… Read More »

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Am I Entitled To Meal And Rest Breaks Under New York Law?

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Many employees are surprised to learn that U.S. federal law does not guarantee them the right to meal or rest breaks during a work day. Many states have enacted laws that do, New York among them, but some of the details surrounding those breaks are still misunderstood. In some situations, unethical employers may try… Read More »

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How Can I tell If My Termination Was Wrongful?

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Generally, most employees in the United States are considered “at-will,” meaning that they can be terminated at any time, for any reason. However, this does not mean that there is never a time when a firing can be wrongful. If you have been terminated and you believe that it was motivated by something other… Read More »

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Am I Entitled To Antidiscrimination Protection As A Military Servicemember?

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After the Vietnam War, veterans were widely shunned and often required a police escort due to widespread anti-war protests. The negative perception of the U.S. military that exists in this day and age is not nearly so vehement, but it can still unfortunately lead to discrimination and harassing behavior against those who are serving… Read More »

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Do I Fall Under An Overtime Exemption?

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If you are an hourly employee, you are generally entitled to what is called time-and-a-half or overtime pay for every hour you work over 40. This means that if you make $15.00 per hour, you would receive 1.5 times that – $22.50 per hour – for hour #41 and so on. However, there are… Read More »

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Is It Possible To Be Discriminated Against Based On Fears Of Having COVID-19?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

With the COVID-19 pandemic approaching almost a full year of existence, it is not an understatement to say that society has been forever altered in countless ways. One of the most pernicious, however, is a rise in discriminatory behavior against those thought to either have COVID-19, or those who are seen as somehow responsible… Read More »

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How Do I Spot Sexual Harassment In My Workplace?

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With recent news surrounding another public official accused of sexual harassment, more and more discussion is going on in terms of what exactly constitutes sexual harassment, both in and out of the workplace. Very few cases are as cut and dried as what one might see in pop culture, and with pervasive myths still… Read More »

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What Rights Do I Have As A Whistleblower In New York?

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Choosing to become a whistleblower is a very serious undertaking for any employee, because of the potential retaliation from your employer if they find out about your activity. However, many unethical employers cannot be held accountable without intervention and assistance from their employees, who can provide unique inside viewpoints about what exactly is going… Read More »

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What Exactly Is In The Average New York Severance Agreement?

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Contrary to what many people believe, there is no actual law requiring that a New York employer pay an employee severance upon their termination. However, there are situations where it may still be required, usually to do with employment contracts. If you are in a position where you are being offered severance by your… Read More »

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