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By Jack Tuckner, Esq. If you believe that you are being paid less than your male counterparts for performing an equal or a substantially equal job, you may be interested to learn the laws protect you from illegal pay discrimination. The following is a summary of such laws that may apply to New York workers: Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) – The federal EPA requires that men and women be paid equally for equal work in…
(Republished from InStyle Magazine, Nov. 21, 2019) Maternity leave isn’t going to help a woman who’s being demoralized at work and “managed out” of her job simply for getting pregnant. By Kaelyn Forde  Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate was moderated (for the first time this campaign cycle) entirely by women, so we finally got to hear about how candidates plan to tackle issues like paid family leave, the high cost of child care, equal pay…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. What is the Federal Equal Pay Act? Gender pay discrimination (sometimes also called “gender pay disparity”) occurs when female employees are paid less than men when performing the same or substantially similar jobs.  Overall, it is the job content and not the job titles that determine whether jobs are considered substantially equal. Under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, such pay discrimination is illegal. What Protections are Afforded Under the federal…
The question is, should you sign a bad write-up that you receive in the workplace? And the answer is yes. Sign it because you’re not signing that you’re confessing that it’s true. You’re signing that you received it. If you don’t sign it, all that will happen is your employer will write on your write-up, “Employee refused to sign,” and put it in your file. And then you’re missing the opportunity to stand up for…
The question is, can I refuse to travel when I’m pregnant? Hi, I’m Jack Tuckner, a Women’s Rights in the Workplace lawyer based in New York. And the answer to that question is no, you shouldn’t and really can’t refuse to travel when you’re pregnant, but what you can do and what you’re entitled to, is your employer reasonably accommodating you because you’re pregnant if your obstetrician says that flying or sitting in a car…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. The question is, does my employer have to give me time off away from work to see my OB/GYN when I’m pregnant? Hi, I’m Jack Tuckner again, a women’s rights in the workplace lawyer. This question is related to another recent question about travel restrictions when pregnant, and the answer falls into the same analysis, which is you need to see your OB when you are pregnant, because that’s part and…
Hello. My name is Jack Tuckner. I’m an Employment Discrimination attorney based in New York City, and a Women’s Rights in the Workplace advocate. Here to tell you today about the CROWN Act, which is an acronym for Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair. Yes, hair. New York now in July 2019 joins California as the only two states in the United States to ban and prohibit discrimination based on certain hairstyles…
Are you being sexually harassed at work? We have created a series of educational videos explaining what constitutes illegal workplace sexual harassment, and what you can do if you are being sexually harassed. In our fifth video, New York Employment Attorney Jack Tuckner explains what you can do if your company won’t address your complaint to your satisfaction after you make a sexual harassment complaint to the company. Jack Tuckner, Women’s Rights in the Workplace…
“Can I be fired for reporting sexual harassment?” No, you cannot be fired FOR reporting sexual harassment, as that’s illegal retaliation, because the sexual harassment reporting itself is protected activity under United States and your state’s civil rights laws. Yet, your company CAN fire you after you report sexual harassment, but they’ll likely come up with other reasons for the firing in order to protect themselves. Why? Because you can be fired after you report…
Are you being sexually harassed at work?  We have created a series of educational videos explaining what constitutes illegal workplace sexual harassment, and what you can do if you are being sexually harassed.  In our third video, New York Employment Attorney Jack Tuckner explains what a company should do after a sexual harassment report is made.     This is Jack Tuckner, again, with the third installment in our sexual harassment series of videos, to…