WSNYC Blog: The Latest in Employment Law

Latest from WSNYC Blog: The Latest in Employment Law

In August 2019, acting Governor Oliver signed the New Jersey Wage Theft Act, or WTA, into law, effectively making New Jersey’s wage and hour laws some of the most stringent in the nation. The WTA’s strict penalties for wage and hour violations are especially important for both employers and employees to consider as businesses begin to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis. Notably, the WTA does not contain a provision that offers…
, the second largest processor of chicken, beef, and pork in the world, is facing criticism after an employee’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that, when the pandemic was first spreading in the United States, managers bet money on the number of employees who would become sick with the virus. The family of Isidro Fernandez, an employee who died after working for Tyson during the pandemic, claims that he caught the…
The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis is pleased to announce the opening of our New Jersey office, located at 354 Eisenhower Pkwy, Building 2, Suite 2775, Livingston, NJ. Our firm is proud of the work we have done for our clients in our New York Office, and we are excited to achieve successful results in New Jersey as well. We plan to continue to represent people with real workplace problems and help them find…
Last Tuesday, a federal court denied the Justice Department’s attempt to block a defamation lawsuit filed by journalist E. Jean Carroll against President Trump. Caroll has accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room in the 1990s and published this account in her latest book. Trump has dismissed the allegations, denying ever meeting Carroll and claiming that she made up the incident in order to increase sales of her book. He also…
FDNY EMT Margot Loth has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit in  Manhattan Federal Court against her former superior Donna Tiberi, an FDNY Deputy Chief. Loth claims that she was mistreated by Tiberi after her appearance in the 2019 FDNY sexy Calendar of Heroes as Miss March. Proceeds from the sale of these calendars go to the FDNY Foundation, which funds CPR training, fire safety education for New Yorkers, and equipment for FDNY members. After…
Managing partner Christopher Q. Davis was quoted in an article published by Monster, the popular job search engine. Monster is a global employment website that helps connect job seekers with employers looking to hire. In an article about at-will employment and the shock of layoffs, Monster quoted Christopher saying ““Most employees start jobs and no one ever thinks about what’s going to happen in the event of termination.” The Monster article proceeds to provide…
The New York City Human Rights Commission (NYCCHR) recently settled a lawsuit against Pax Assist, a contractor for both JFK and LaGuardia airports. Pax Assist provides wheelchairs to airport passengers with disabilities. NYCCHR’s lawsuit alleged that Pax Assist religiously discriminated against Muslim employees when it refused to allow them breaks for daily prayer or for meals at nighttime during Ramadan. Additionally, employees complained that managers made derogatory comments about Muslims. Alleged discriminatory comments from managers…
Recent studies have exposed a significant link between increased reports of racial discrimination towards Asian Americans during the pandemic and deteriorating mental health. Charissa S.L. Cheah, PhD, of the University of Maryland and her colleagues recently published a study in Pediatrics detailing the detrimental impact of increased racism brought on by COVID-19. Researchers conducted a survey of 543 Asian American parents and 230 of their children and wrote, “This study revealed that a high percentage…