Sometimes we have to work overtime and when we do this, we expect extra money. What if your employer doesn’t pay you anything extra when you are forced to work overtime? You should know your rights and how New Jersey and New York overtime laws protect you. Overtime pay refers to the additional compensation owed…

Although they can be advantageous for employers, non-compete agreements can be extremely detrimental to employees. They narrow career paths, block opportunities, and force employees to stay in undesirable jobs. Non-compete agreements can also affect third parties, like customers and patients, who might find their former hairdresser or doctor refusing to provide service or care solely…

Losing one’s job can cause tremendous stress on yourself and your family. From a financial standpoint, joblessness can result in an immediate strain on you and your family. From a purely medical standpoint, the stress of being fired begins to mount and can result in deep depression. Adding insult to injury, many employers will tend…

Employment discrimination law can be very complicated and has many subtle features of which it can be difficult to keep track. Let’s assume that you have been discriminated against by your employer, received a Right-to-Sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), and now need to file a federal employment discrimination lawsuit. So what…

Illegal employment discrimination on the basis of criminal convictions is more common in New York than many want to believe. For those with criminal records, especially felony records, reintegration into society can be very difficult. People with prior convictions have difficulty in restoring their civil rights to vote and carry firearms, among other rights. However,…

Forrest Gump famously compared life to a box of chocolates, and he is right that you never know what may happen. Life has a bad habit of interrupting your perfect plans at the wrong times. For this reason, the federal government allows all qualified employees to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave…

How does unemployment work in New York? No one actually wants to know the answer to this important question, because no one wants to imagine losing their job or needing to rely on unemployment severance. However, many need to know the answer. Imagine that you have been working for a company for a while when…

Despite the existence of laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual harassment is nonetheless very common, including same-sex sexual harassment, gay harassment at work, male on male harassment, and woman on woman harassment. While sexual harassment federal law does not explicitly prevent LGBT gender based harassment in the workplace, more and more courts are…

Most ordinary workers are aware that New York State lunch break laws exist, but many are often confused about the extent of their rights under the law. Meal break laws in New York protect workers by requiring their employers to give them at least a 30-minute break period for meals. Not everyone always takes a…

Equal housing opportunity is more than a myth or a fine notion: it’s the law. The federal Fair Housing Act, which is celebrating its 50the anniversary this year, enforces equal housing opportunity across the country. Equal housing opportunity is a critical concept in the modern real estate market and it is important to know what…

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