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What exactly is a hostile work environment?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

One of the most overused phrases when dealing with problems at work is the ‘hostile work environment.’ While no employee should ever feel unsafe at work, a true ‘hostile work environment’ has a fairly narrow definition, and if one exists at your place of work, it is actionable. However, it is crucial that you… Read More »

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Do I get meal and rest breaks during the workday?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

Everyone needs to eat and use the restroom during a given day, even at work. Many employees are surprised to know that meal and rest breaks are not covered under federal law, and many employers would not offer them if not pushed to by custom. That said, New York law does require certain breaks… Read More »

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Can I be discriminated against based on my hairstyle?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

Numerous instances of discrimination based on hairstyle have been in the news in recent years, wherein people of color have been denied opportunities or punished because of a perception that their natural hair is unkempt or dirty. Courts have been unsympathetic to these claims of discrimination so far, but some states are choosing to… Read More »

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Does requiring a mask or face covering at work violate the ADA?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and their employees are having to adapt quickly, and have the ability to adapt quickly again, without necessarily having a clear answer on what is best for the situation. Nowhere is this more evident than in the issue of face masks; some places require them, while… Read More »

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Have I been misclassified by my employer, and how does it affect me?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

Given the massive changes to the global economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have had to think on their feet and adapt quickly to the changing world. Adjustments like working at home, granting more employee autonomy, and the like have become part of the business world. However, an employer will sometimes… Read More »

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Is my New York non-compete agreement valid?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

The common-law concept of restraint of trade is an idea that dates back to 18th-century English law, but is still observed in today’s United States. The principle of free trade is a sacred one in U.S. and U.K. law, and restraining it has to be done under very specific circumstances. Restricting trade sometimes happens… Read More »

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