Steven Mitchell Sack Says Fast Food Workers in New York State Deserve Higher Wages

Attorney Steven Mitchell Sack, “The Employee’s Lawyer,” says fast food workers in New York State do not make enough money and should be able to earn at least $15 an hour. This, he says, will mean not only increased employee morale but employee retention.

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Employee or Independent Contractor? How Some Employers Are Committing Wage Theft

A September 1, 2014 report by the New York Times, revealed an increase in lawsuits across the nation, charging various employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws. Some of the allegations include erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips.

Both federal and state officials argue that more companies are violating wage laws than ever before.  Officials speculate that these violations are motivated by competition and higher profits. However, another argument supposes that the structure of these businesses essentially incentivizes wage theft due to their organizational structure.

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NY Attorney General Addresses Job Recruitment Discrimination

Discrimination at work can often manifest itself well before a job seeker has had the opportunity to even secure full- or part-time employment.

Recently, the Office of the New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, came to a series of agreements with five New York City-based employment agencies in an effort to resolve allegations of unlawful discrimination and predatory business practices.

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NYC Interns Now Protected

Over the past century, labor laws have evolved to protect many classes of individuals — including men, women and children.  US labor laws protections regulate workplace conditions including:  harassment and discrimination in the workplace, workers’ health, and minimum pay. However, in recent years, the social progress of employment protections have come under question regarding a specific group of people….interns. In late March 2014, interns in New York City were granted the rights and protections that they argue they so rightfully deserve.

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FDNY Settles Claims of Racial Discrimination

For years, New Yorkers and individuals around the country have been aware of the ongoing lawsuit that alleged racial discrimination against one of the most notable fire departments in the nation, the FDNY. However, in early March, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration have finally brought the lawsuit to an end.

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Texas Construction Worker Dies on the Job

Although many safeguards are put into place to ensure the safety of employees, it is an unfortunate reality that accidents and casualties still occur. Unforeseen mishaps can turn into tragedy all too quickly, as was the recent case with an on-the-job accident involving a Texas construction worker.

One construction worker was treated for hypothermia, while another was pronounced dead after an on-the-job accident took place during construction of the Baylor University football stadium and pedestrian bridge.

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Former Employee Loses Job After Reporting Discrimination

As an employee, you spend much of your time and energy dedicated to your work and career. In return, you expect compensation but you also expect to be treated fairly, honestly and with respect. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination occurs all too often around the country and it acts a reminder of the difficulties many employees have to face.

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College Athletes Petition to Become Union

For the first time in history, college athletes are petitioning to be represented by labor unions and have taken the first step in the process of being recognized as employees under the National Labor Relations Act.

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Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed against the Town
 of Hempstead and Former Hempstead Town Clerk

On February 11, attorney Steven Mitchell Sack “The Employee’s Lawyer,” through his affiliated law firm Mirotznik & Associates in East Meadow, New York, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Central Islip on behalf of a woman who worked in the Hempstead Town Clerk’s office. His client is seeking unspecified damages against Mark Bonilla, the former Town Clerk, and the Town of Hempstead.

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NYC Earned Sick Time Act May Be Expanding

Mayor Bill de Blasio and incoming Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the New York City Council will look to expand the Earned Sick Time Act within the year.

According to the Mayor, the updated law would: (i) protect an additional 500,000 City employees, including those in the manufacturing sector, by expanding the paid leave requirement to employers with 5 or more employees starting in April 2014; (ii) expand the definition of family members so that employees could use sick leave to care for grandparents, grandchildren and siblings; and (iii) allow employees to use sick time as they accrue it rather than wait 120 days after they started working.

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