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By Jack Tuckner, Esq.  The question is, can you be fired for your free speech and or/for storming the capitol. And the answer is almost certainly yes, unfortunately. If you work for a private company you can be fired by your employer at anytime for any reason or absolutely no reason at all. The employer doesn’t need a good reason to fire you – they don’t have to give you a notice and they don’t…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq.   I’m Jack Tuckner, an attorney with the women’s rights in the workplace law firm based in New York, Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser. And I want to talk to you a little bit today about your rights if you’re pregnant and working, to flexibility and protection during the time of this still raging pandemic. If you’re a high risk pregnancy, or you have pregnancy-related medical challenges and conditions such as…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. Hello! Jack Tuckner again with the women’s rights in the workplace law firm, Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser. And in this continuing series of pregnancy and COVID and your rights in the workplace, I just wanted to highlight one thing today that it has long been known that pregnant women are at greater risk of developing a severe respiratory infection when a pregnant woman contracts a respiratory-based virus. Additionally, the American…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq.   The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC, just determined that employers may require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine before permitting the employee to return to the workplace. The rationale being that requiring a vaccine is not a disability-related inquiry or a medical examination that would be prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, there’s a narrow band of exceptions for religious beliefs or for actual disabilities…
By Saswat Pattanayak Florida voters have facilitated raising of minimum wage in the state to $15 an hour. This is a remarkable development in history of labor rights movements in the United States, and because Florida is the first state from the Deep South, especially so for the “Fight for $15 movement”. It is notable also because prior to it, there were only seven states who had adopted such a raise in minimum wage policy.…
Meghan Markle has penned down a much necessary ode to this extraordinary year, which has resonated with women and men world over that are struggling to make sense of the collective grief that is upon us today. Her essay for the New York Times to mark this year’s Thanksgiving is as deeply personal, as it is abjectly universal. The tragedies we have witnessed this year are unprecedented – exacerbated by not just the Covid, but also…
Every year, sexual assault in the workplace affects many female New York city employees. According to the National Center for biotechnology information, as many as 58% of female employees experience sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. Sexual assault is a crime in New York City, and law enforcement are responsible for investigating sexual assault crimes.  Prosecutors can bring criminal charges against the assailant. Sadly, many victims never receive justice as their assailants are…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. In June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia regarding LGBTQ employee rights. The Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects same sex relationships as these relationships are obviously based on “sex,” the protected characteristic covered by the law. So, gay, lesbian, and transgender employees are now covered and protected from sex-based discrimination. This 6-3 Court decision was made more notable as it…
In June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia regarding LGBTQ employees’ rights. The Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from sex-based discrimination. The 6-3 ruling was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch. Chief Justice John Robers joined the majority.  New York law already prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, but it was not until very recently that federal law…
A rebuke of sexism in Congress from AOC has opened up a necessary conversation in the larger society. Rep. Ted Yoho has been removed from the board of Christian charity over the incident and Twitter is inundated with personal accounts of women who report how they were not raised by their families to object to the men of their households.  The speech of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is historic in this context, and we are reproducing it…