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The Census: Stand Up and Be Counted

The Census: Stand Up and Be Counted

| Napoli Shkolnik News
The clock is ticking on the 2020 U.S. Census. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government recently moved the deadline to September 30, 2020. This decision is a stunning reversal from an earlier pronouncement. In April 2020, officials told Congress they needed until at least October 31 to ensure an accurate count. Originally, the Census…Read the article
Are Restaurants Liable for Customer Sexual Harassment?

Are Restaurants Liable for Customer Sexual Harassment?

| sexual harassment
Restaurants Liable for Customer Sexual Harassment? If you ask the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the federal courts, the answer to this question is unequivocally “yes.” Most waitresses, bartenders, baristas, and other customer-facing restaurant employees work for tips. As a result, a “polite smile” and friendly demeanor are encouraged. And, these individuals often are…Read the article
Should I Secretly Record Workplace Harassment Incidents?

Should I Secretly Record Workplace Harassment Incidents?

| sexual harassment
Generally, a picture, or a recording or video, is worth a thousand words. That being said, surreptitious recordings sometimes cause much more trouble than they prevent. This issue comes up a lot. Sadly, over 80 percent of women, and a sizeable percentage of men, have experienced workplace sexual harassment. And, claimants have the burden of…Read the article
Lawmakers Consider Ending Forced Arbitration

Lawmakers Consider Ending Forced Arbitration

| sexual harassment
Frequently, arbitration is an alternative to the litigation process. But in the sexual harassment context, arbitration generally exists to protect employers. Some lawmakers are demanding change. In February 2019, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) introduced the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act. This straightforward measure would prohibit employers from requiring their employees to arbitrate sexual…Read the article
Was I Sexually Harassed If It Only Happened Once?

Was I Sexually Harassed If It Only Happened Once?

| Personal Injury
It is very possible you were, depending on the type of sexual harassment claim. Frequently, this question refers to hostile environment claims. Single-incident sexual harassment is rare in this context. Other times, the single incident involves a quid pro quo or retaliation. However, in every situation, once is too much. After a few moments in…Read the article
Dealing with the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death

Dealing with the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death

| Civil Rights
Mr. Floyd’s death sent shockwaves around the country, and around the world, in a way not seen since Watts, Bloody Sunday, Detroit, the University of Mississippi, and other violent civil rights protests in the 1960s. What this shows us is that something is clearly wrong in America. Before we react, it’s important to take a…Read the article
Remote Workplaces: Not Cybersexual Harassment Haven

Remote Workplaces: Not Cybersexual Harassment Haven

| Personal Injury
According to a recent survey, almost half of women and nearly a quarter of men have been victims of cybersexual harassment. Overall harassment figures were at 81 percent for women and 43 percent for men. These numbers are much higher than the figures from previous surveys. Anita Raj, director of the Center on Gender Equity…Read the article
What’s the Difference Between Furloughs and Layoffs?

What’s the Difference Between Furloughs and Layoffs?

| Coronavirus
Some words, such as coronavirus and COVID-19, are synonymous. They mean the same thing. Other words, like furlough and layoffs, do not exactly mean the same thing. Both the l-word and the f-word mean the employee is not working. But there are some significant differences, mostly in terms of employee rights. In normal times, employers…Read the article
How to File a Sexual Harassment Claim in New York

How to File a Sexual Harassment Claim in New York

| Personal Injury
Sexual harassment, especially when it takes place in the workplace, can make you feel like you have no reasonable resources to turn to. Some victims are afraid to speak up and even fear their employer may reprimand them if they report an offense. However, there are specific laws that require employers to acknowledge and resolve…Read the article
It May Be a Crime to Say ‘Illegal Alien’ in NYC

It May Be a Crime to Say ‘Illegal Alien’ in NYC

| Civil Rights
If people use this phrase to describe undocumented residents, and they intend to “demean, humiliate or harass a person,” New York City officials may asses a fine of up to $250,000. A related prohibition applies to anyone who threatens to call immigration officials, if the party has a “discriminatory motive.” Words have power in court…Read the article