Cities and States to Increase Minimum Wages in July

July 01, 2020

On July 1, 2020, workers in many cities and states across the country are obtaining stronger wage protections.  The hourly minimum wage rate that employers must pay their employees is set to increase in several states including Illinois, Nevada, and Oregon, as well as in various cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. . These increases are crucial for low wage workers as the federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since... [...]

Supreme Court Delivers Landmark Decision for LGBTQ Employees

June 15, 2020

On June 15, 2020, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex in the workplace.  The historic decision is a blow to the Trump administration, which sided with the employers in the three consolidated cases before the Court. . The first two of the three consolidated cases involved two employees who sued their former employers after they were fired because they... [...]

NY State Court Approves a $462.5K Settlement and Holds That Service Awards are Not Prohibited Under CPLR 909

June 11, 2020

On June 11, 2020, Justice Kalish of the New York Supreme Court, New York County, approved a $462,500 settlement for a class of restaurant workers asserting minimum wage and tip credit violations.  The settlement provides for a complete 100% recovery of all economic damages claimed by class members.  See Reeves, et al. v. La Pecora Bianca, Inc, et al., No. 151153/2018 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Jun. 11, 2020) (the “Decision”). This Decision marks the first time a New York State Court analyzed the... [...]

Workers Turn to Courts to Enforce COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

June 09, 2020

As citizens across the United States continue to shelter in place to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus, workers at grocery stores, department stores, pharmacies, parcel delivery services, and other essential businesses have been forced onto the frontlines, constantly putting their health at risk.  In some cases, these essential workers do so without adequate safety measures in place.  Essential workers have taken various steps to try to obtain the workplace protections they need,... [...]

COVID-19 Leads to Increased Disability Accommodation Claims

May 27, 2020

On May 27, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) office in New York, headed by Deputy Director Judy Keenan, revealed that the most prevalent employment claims relating to the COVID-19 pandemic concern employees’ rights for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Discriminations Act (“ADA”).  Foreseeably, many of these claims are brought by workers with disabilities, who are required to report to work despite having an underlying medical... [...]

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