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How Does New York State Paid Family Leave work?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen too many employees placed in difficult positions; caring for themselves or family members has forced many to leave jobs or juggle schedules. However, many employees do have access to family leave, particularly those in New York. New York State has one of the most comprehensive paid family leave packages… Read More »

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Terms To Know In Workplace Disability Discrimination Cases

By Mansell Law, LLC |

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, ostensibly prohibiting discrimination against disabled people in all aspects of life, including employment. New York’s Human Rights Law does the same thing. However, while many overt forms of discrimination are becoming less common, more subtle kinds of disability discrimination are sadly endemic…. Read More »

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What Rights Do I have As An “At-Will” Employee?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

While it may be unpleasant to hear, it is a truism that most employees in New York, and indeed in the entire United States, are “at-will” employees. This means that those employees, lacking a valid employment contract, are at risk of termination at any point, for any legal or ethical reason. If you are… Read More »

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How Can I tell If I Am Being Sexually Harassed At Work?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

Reading people is a skill that not everyone has, and misunderstandings do happen. However, most types of sexual harassment are unsubtle enough to notice. If you feel as though you are being sexually harassed on the job, you have the right to take action against the person who is harassing you, and against the… Read More »

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Can I Make A Claim For Unpaid Minimum Wage?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

As of this writing, the minimum wage in New York is significantly higher than the current federal minimum wage ($15.00 per hour, vs $7.25 per hour). That said, minimum wage employees are still treated as largely expendable by a lot of employers, and it can be easy to think that any kind of unfair… Read More »

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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?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

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?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

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?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

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?

By Mansell Law, LLC |

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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