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Lesbian couple loses housing discrimination case

A married lesbian couple was denied entry to a retirement community in Missouri. Bev Nance and Mary Walsh are both retired and decided it was time to settle down in a retirement community. The couple, who have been married for ten years, applied to live in Missouri’s Friendship Village.

Former Mar-a-Lago employee files retaliation claim

Sexual harassment can affect numerous individuals at a place of employment. Even if a person was not a victim of harassment him or herself, standing behind the victims and offering support could result in retaliation for another person. When this happens, individuals who have been retaliated against may need to explore their legal options.

New York residents may be interested a retaliation claim that was recently filed in another state. According to reports, the man who filed the claim worked as an executive pastry chef at Mar-a-Lago resort, and two female pastry chefs who worked under the man's supervision complained to him about sexual harassment from the food and beverage director and the executive chef. However, the man did not have any authority to discipline the other two men, and as a result, he advised the young women to file complaints with the human resources department.

Woman claims retaliation after Blue Lives Matter flag complaints

Many workers face instances at work where they feel that they or others are being unfairly treated or that someone else's actions are causing difficulties in the workplace. As a result, workers may complain to their superiors about the actions in hopes of reaching a resolution. Unfortunately, some workers may end up facing retaliation for their efforts.

New York readers may be interested in a lawsuit that was recently filed in another state that claims retaliation. Apparently, an African-American woman who works as a corrections technician for her county's Department of Community Justice complained after a probation officer put up a Blue Lives Matter flag in his office. The woman and other African-American employees complained about the flag to their supervisors due to its demeaning implications to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Delta worker files claim for disability discrimination

Suffering an injury on the job can cause many setbacks. In some cases, the resulting injury could lead to a person's continual suffering and development of a disability. Whether a disability is temporary or permanent, employers commonly have an obligation to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled workers. If they do not, legal claims for disability discrimination may be warranted.

New York readers may be interested in a lawsuit that a worker in another state filed in hopes of receiving compensation after being forced to miss work for a year. The man is a flight attended for Delta Air Lines, and he suffered a foot injury on the job during a rough plane landing. He took leave from work, but the injury continued to cause him problems after he returned to work. As a result, his doctor wrote him a note indicating that he needed medical shoes.

Woman claims gender discrimination, being forced to leave job

Though many New York residents may try to not give much credence to what other people think about them, the opinions of others and the treatment from them can greatly impact their lives. In particular, if workers are treated with hostility or face gender discrimination on the job, their careers could be at risk. Not only that but their mental well-being can suffer as well.

It was recently reported that a worker in another state claims to have had to leave her job due to gender discrimination. The woman stated that she had worked at a restaurant for two years and was eventually able to apply for management training. She attended a seminar where she wore fitted slacks, a men's button-up shirt and boat shoes. A district manager had seen the woman and reportedly told her general manager that she was dressed inappropriately.

Thousands of New York workers received pay after wage theft

When employers do not provide their workers with the correct compensation for the hours worked and services provided, they have violated the law. Unfortunately, thousands of workers face wage theft every year, and their personal lives, financial lives and work lives can all suffer as a result. Fortunately, they can take steps to receive back pay and other compensation.

It was recently reported that over $35 million was returned to workers in New York in 2018. Approximately 36,000 workers in this state alone were affected by wage theft last year, and this number represents only those who were able to receive a portion of the wages returned. It could be presumed that numerous others were affected and did not receive their rightful compensation.

Can you take leave from work after a miscarriage?

Suffering through a miscarriage is an emotionally devastating loss that can take a significant amount of time to properly diagnose, treat and heal. If you have suffered through a miscarriage, New York laws allow you time to physically and emotionally recover.

Read on to learn more about your rights to take leave after a miscarriage in New York.

Settlement reached in sexual harassment, retaliation case

When wrongdoing occurs, especially in the workplace, New York residents often want to have a way to report the wrongdoing and have it addressed. While many places of employment have such procedures, complaints are not always handled as they should be. In fact, some workers could face retaliation for making claims of sexual harassment or other undesirable actions.

It was recently reported that a lawsuit involving four current and former employees of an out-of-state museum has come to a settlement. The situation began when the workers -- who are all women -- made claims of sexual harassment and assault against a co-worker. However, after making their claims, the women felt the museum staff did not appropriately handle the situation, and the women stated that they had to contend with intimidation, threats against their jobs and other hostility after making it known that they were displeased with the way supervisors handled the claims.

Police lieutenant files age discrimination lawsuit

Getting older is part of life. Some people may experience physical issues or health issues as they age, but for many others, they can continue living their lives as they have for years, including maintaining their jobs. However, some older individuals may face age discrimination and no longer feel welcome at their places of employment.

New York residents may be interested in this type of situation that affected a worker in another state. Reports indicated that the 51-year-old police lieutenant faced harassment from a police captain due to his age after he and the captain disagreed about the hiring of a new recruit. The captain then began referring to the lieutenant as "older timer" and "old salt" and carrying out other harassing actions. The lieutenant also reportedly had a hard time accessing sick leave due to the captain's actions.

What are the standards for sexual harassment prevention policies?

At your business, you are probably doing everything you can to comply with the law, and you probably want to make sure it is a safe and comfortable place for all your employees to work. One way to meet both those goals is to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy that meets or exceeds New York law. The law was updated October 2018, so if your company already had a policy in place at that time, it is important to review your policy and create updates where needed.

A model policy is available for business owners to adopt, but to protect your business it is important to familiarize yourself with the policy standards, even if you plan to adopt the model. It is even more important to understand the requirements if you plan to write your own policy or are updating an existing policy.

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