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Retaliation could happen after protected activity participation

Some New York residents may feel as if their bosses do not like them. Though this feeling may be uncomfortable, it does not necessarily mean that anything illegal is taking place. However, if workers feel that they are the victims of retaliation, they may be facing an entirely different ordeal altogether.

Of course, there are differences between unfair treatment and illegal retaliation. For instance, if a worker participated in a legal proceeding associated with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or opposed unlawful practices, that individual took part in a legally protected activity. If an employer took negative actions toward the employee after either of these actions, it is possible that the worker was being retaliated against.

Judge rules in favor of woman in pregnancy discrimination case

It may seem outdated to some to think that women do not belong in the workforce. However, many women continue to face employment discrimination in New York and across the country in various forms. In particular, pregnancy discrimination continues to be an issue that puts workers and their jobs in precarious positions despite protections provided by law.

It was recently reported that a federal judge ruled in favor of an out-of-state woman who had been subjected to pregnancy discrimination after being offered a job. Apparently, the woman had been offered a position with a company called Scribe X only to have the offer rescinded when the company found out that the woman was pregnant. This action resulted in the woman filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

American Airlines employment contract issues continue

Understandably, employees want to work under fair contract conditions. However, when an employment contract expires and negotiations for new terms do not go well, it is not unusual for it to take years to come to a final agreement. Additionally, it is possible for more conflict to arise during that time.

New York readers may be interested in a dispute currently underway in another state. According to reports, American Airlines and its mechanics have been at odds over contract terms for some time. Now, the airline is accusing its mechanics of intentionally slowing down their work on airplane repairs in order to cause delays and cancellations of flights. The airline filed a lawsuit against the workers in efforts to have what it perceives as an illegal slowdown brought to an end.

Blowing the whistle could lead to employment lawsuit

Most employees have a sense of trust and respect for their employers. While they undoubtedly hope that their employers would not carry out actions that were illegal or harmful to the company, employees or consumers, that is not always the case. In some instances, an employee may discover wrongdoing in the workplace and end up blowing the whistle.

New York readers may be interested in such a case currently underway in another state. According to reports, a city IT employee determined that over $500,000 had been stolen from the city by hackers and that sensitive information about employees, like Social Security numbers and medical information, was exposed. The employee notified the city of the issues, and within 90 days of filing the report, he was dismissed from his position.

Amazon faces claims of religious discrimination

Unfortunately, going to work is not a pleasant experience for every New York resident and those elsewhere. Some people may simply dislike their jobs, but others face hostility and fear at their places of employment due to discrimination. Some workers may even worry about losing their jobs if they openly practice their religion.

It was recently reported that three women have filed claims against Amazon on the basis of religious and racial discrimination. The women, who are Muslim, stated that they are worried about losing their jobs if they take the time to pray during their shifts because it takes time away from work. If their packing rates fall below a certain level, they risk termination. The report also stated that workers received write-ups after their religious practices caused them to fall behind on their rates.

You can and should refuse dangerous work

Some jobs are just plain dangerous no matter what. New York happens to be chock-full of two of the most dangerous industries: construction and cooking. Both of these labor-intensive jobs run the risk of severe injury due to heavy lifting in unstable, fast-paced environments.

However, if you’re asked to complete a job at work that you know does not have proper safety protocols in place, it’s okay to say no. In fact, it’s your right as an employee not to be subjected to dangerous work conditions.

Former PayPal employee files gender discrimination lawsuit

Not receiving an expected promotion or another benefit at work can come as a great disappointment to New York workers and others elsewhere. The situation may become even more disheartening when workers believe that they were passed over for promotion due to their gender. Unfortunately, gender discrimination continues to affect numerous people.

It was recently reported that a former PayPal employee has filed suit against the company for this type of discrimination. The woman claims that the situation began when she met with her boss regarding promotion to a leadership position for her business unit. After the meeting, her employer stated that the woman has small children and that the position required a lot of travel, so he gave the promotion to a less-qualified male employee. The woman believes that she was discriminated against for being a woman and mother.

Women claim workplace retaliation is widespread at Google

Workers in New York should be able to speak out against workplace wrongdoings without fearing repercussions. Unfortunately, retaliation for such actions is still an ongoing issue that workers across many industries still deal with. Two Google employees recently spoke out about retaliation, detailing their own experiences after they organized a workplace walkout.

The two women organized a 2018 walkout protesting how Google handled cases involving sexual harassment and allegations of misconduct against the company's senior executives. Approximately 20,000 Google employees participated in the walkout. The event made headlines and shone a light on what many thought was a serious and widespread issue within the company. Now the organizers say they are being targeted for their actions.

Protests and lawsuits result from wage theft

While money may not be the most important thing in many people lives, it is still important in many ways. After all, receiving pay is the reason that many New York residents go to work each day. As a result, when employers commit wage theft, employees can suffer significant setbacks.

It was recently reported that this type of theft has become the concern of employees at multiple restaurants in another state. A workers' rights group staged a protest in their area due to the abundance of wage theft that reportedly occurs at local restaurants. A community organizer with the group stated that employers fail to properly compensate workers by not paying minimum wage, classifying workers as salaried instead of hourly to avoid overtime pay, making employees work off the clock, taking tips and not providing paychecks at all.

Former Netflix executive files pregnancy discrimination lawsuit

Though pregnancy can be an intense experience, it often does not inhibit individuals' abilities to perform their work-related duties. Many women in New York and elsewhere can easily carry on working well into the later stages of pregnancy or even up until their due dates arrive. However, their abilities may be overlooked if they are treated unfairly on the job due to pregnancy discrimination.

It was recently reported that a former Netflix executive has chosen to move forward with a lawsuit after being terminated from her job due to her pregnancy. Apparently, the woman informed her boss that she was pregnant, and afterward, she was removed from projects that she had been working on. In particular, she was no longer included in meetings or emails about a series on which she acted as one of the executors.

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