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New York State Passes “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act

By Mansell Law, LLC |

In June 2022, New York’s state Senate passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA), intended to protect freelance and “gig” workers from wage theft and “unfair payment practices” perpetrated by New York companies. This is the state version of a 2017 New York City law which has led to over a thousand cases resulting… Read More »

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The Basics Of Disability Discrimination In New York

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The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, but in this day and age, far too many employers have difficulties accommodating disabled applicants and employees who simply want to earn a living. The law prohibits most employers, as well as state and local governments, from discriminating against disabled people in… Read More »

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Paid Family Leave In New York

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Both U.S. federal law and New York state law allow eligible employees who work for covered employers to take unpaid leave for family emergencies. However, New York law also allows paid family leave in certain situations, which an employer must allow if the employee qualifies. If you suspect that your employer has unjustly denied… Read More »

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New Law Ends Forced Arbitration For Sexual Harassment Claims At Work

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Before February 2022, victims of sexual harassment in the workplace were generally bound to have their claim handled not by a court, where they could tell their story to a jury of their peers, but by an arbiter, who had much greater leeway to decide the case in favor of their alleged harassers. However,… Read More »

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Joining A Class Action Lawsuit In New York

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The average person may not be very familiar with class action lawsuits, and yet they can make a profound difference for many workers who may face discrimination on the job. In general, workers who become part of a ‘class’ have more bargaining power than those who try to take on their employer alone –… Read More »

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Have I Been Retaliated Against?

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As an employee, you have the right to file certain claims if you believe they are warranted – for example, discrimination complaints or ‘blowing the whistle’ on unethical behavior. However, some employers will not react well to your choosing to do so, and may engage in what is known as retaliation, to ‘punish’ you… Read More »

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New York City Equal Pay Laws To Be Amended

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In January 2022, New York City adopted an amendment to city law that requires future job postings by employers based in the city to include the minimum and maximum salary for the job in question. This will be required both for new hires, and for promotions or potential transfers. This bill establishes that it… Read More »

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Identifying Sex And Gender Identity Discrimination In New York’s Workplaces

By Mansell Law, LLC |

New York has been a leader in protecting its employees, both public and private, from all forms of discrimination. One of the most pernicious forms is bias on the basis of sex, and indirectly, gender identity, which occurs when an employee is treated differently on the basis of sex or gender identity at any… Read More »

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New York Wage & Hour Claims

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A wage & hour claim is a lawsuit regarding an employee’s compensation, and the work they must perform for that compensation. Wage theft is a common issue for workers, particularly those who are paid by the hour; the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimates that over $3 billion in “stolen” wages was recovered and repaid… Read More »

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Undocumented Workers Have Employment Rights

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates between 11 and 12 million undocumented immigrants are currently residing in the country, as of the most recent available data. Many undocumented immigrants work (despite, in theory, not being permitted to do so), and that they have employment rights protecting them from unfair or disparate treatment,… Read More »

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