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By Jack Tuckner, Esq. This is Jack Tuckner, employment lawyer bearing great news for New Yorkers who are now protected, or soon will be protected, because the New York legislature last month – January 2019 – passed a Gender Expression, Gender Identity Protection Bill that will amend the New York State’s Human Rights Law to protect all binary gender, nonconforming employees, and transgender employees from discriminatory treatment. And the law also amends the New York…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. How do you protect yourself if you are working in a so-called hostile work environment? First thing is, identify why is it hostile? If its hostile just because your boss is a jerk, a tyrant, a mean-spirited bully, there’s no law against bullying anywhere in the United States, unfortunately. So that’s perfectly legal. But if you identify that the hostility is arising because of something about you as a woman, or…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. Under federal law, since 2010, women returning from maternity leave who are breastfeeding, nursing parents – are entitled to a clean, private, non-restroom, non-bathroom space in which to express milk; to take a break and to lactate on a similar schedule to what your baby would be doing, nursing, if you were home, two or three times a day. Otherwise, it’s very painful, you can develop mastitis, it may interfere permanently…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. If you’re experiencing any kind of discriminatory treatment at the workplace because you’re a woman – I want to give you a different way to look at this, because it can be a little counterintuitive. People often think if they complain, if they raise an issue in the workplace, things will get worse, and perhaps they will, if they wait until they either leave, quit, or are fired to raise a…
The most diverse Congress in US history is already making headlines. A record number of 102 women have been sworn into the House to commence their two-year term. Women now comprise 24 percent of all seats – 106 female Democrats and 21 female Republicans. What makes this Congress especially unique is its intersectionality – Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first two Native American women to bag Congressional seats. Rashida Tlaib became the first…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. There are at least five principle ways that you can be discriminated against at work based on your pregnancy. The first way is just direct discrimination based on your notification of pregnancy, or when your employer notices that you’re pregnant and treats you differently, demotes you, fires you, makes discriminatory statements about your pregnancy, about the coming maternity leave that you’ll be taking, about their perception of your ability to work…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. This week’s the 40th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act – the 1978 federal law designed and enacted to protect women who become pregnant while working, from being fired while pregnant and working. And that is historically been a major concern for one half of the population, and it still is. Because pregnancy discrimination is rampant. It’s alive and well in these United States for all kinds of reasons, in part…
By Saswat Pattanayak Amazon has announced raise in minimum wage for all its employees, beginning November. The $15 hourly wage has been arrived at after a prolonged phase of international workers strikes as well as demands domestically by minimum wage activists. Whereas Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos recently became the world’s richest person with a $230,000 a minute income, his company had come under heavy criticism for facilitating low wages and poor working…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. If you work for an employer as an independent contractor, so-called, or a consultant or a vendor but you’re paid on a 1099 as opposed to an IRS form W-2, where no taxes are withheld, and you pay estimates, or pay your taxes at the end of the year, you’re technically not an employee. So, if you’re being discriminated against, if you’re being subjected to a hostile work environment, you do…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. [embedded content] Way back in 1955, Rosa Parks refused the bus driver’s order to go to the back of the bus. She wasn’t an immediate civil rights icon – she was dragged off the bus and jailed. Similarly, and not quite as dramatically, if you’re being discriminated against in the workplace – any kind of disparate treatment based on your sex, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, unequal pay, based on your disability,…