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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I have a swollen knee. I asked my boss if I can work from home and he said “he prefers me to come to the office”

Am I able to sue my employer for this? I have a picture of my knee with a date on it. Also I am not getting overtime paid for 3 years.

Brian Greben
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Brian Greben
answered on Oct 6, 2022

You quite possibly have a disability discrimination case, depending upon how "reasonable" your request to work from home was. Probably more important, however, is the fact that you haven't been paid OT in 3 years. If you are a nonexempt employee, and are therefore entitled to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Should HR have disclosed my identity to my subordinate upon filing a discrimination incident report against him?

I work for a state government office. One day, my subordinate began loudly uttering (using profanity), derogatory remarks about another worker whom has a slight mental disability. He was threatening to "tell him off" if approached by the other employee, and was making negative comments... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 12, 2022

I'm sorry your question remains open for two weeks. You could repost under the "Employment Law" and "Employment Discrimination" categories instead of "Uncategorized." There's no guarantee that every question here is answered. Some questions do go unanswered.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can a person be discriminated because of their religion at their place of employment.
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin
answered on Feb 4, 2022

It is unlawful to discriminate against an employee based on their religion under both federal, NY and NJ discrimination law. You should consult with an employment attorney to discuss your matter further and get advice on how to address this.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can I take legal action against a current employer when I expressed repeated unsafe workplace activities?

Good evening,

I have an ongoing concern at my current workplace that does not seem to be changing. And I am seeking legal advice.

I have written a statement to a current employer about harassment, unprofessional discriminatory comments, and unsafe distribution activities with heavy... Read more »

Jordan T. Newport
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Jordan T. Newport
answered on Jan 24, 2022

First of all, I would like to tell you that I'm sorry that you are having to go through these things at your workplace.

As for the harassment and the discriminatory comments, largely, these will be lumped together as to how they are treated in the legal context. To constitute either,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Do I have a case for false arrest & maliceous Prosecution?I was accused of commiting a crime and it got dimissed on 3030

I was accused of stealing a phone on my job on 9/11/2021.I got arrested for a felony Grand theft. When I went to count it got downgraded to mismenandor two counts(one for Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of stolen property). I was offered a restitution to dismissal at the Arrangement and the... Read more »

Roy Warner
Roy Warner
answered on Jan 15, 2022

Depends on who made the criminal complaint, and whether it was false and done with malice. Any lawyer you consult will need far more facts that you have provided.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: Physician Noncompete agreements: How enforceable are they? What are the consequences for breaking them?

I signed a noncompete that says I can’t work for 2.5 years and 15mi from the office location in Nassau county. I want to work for another group.

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
answered on Dec 6, 2021

About 5 years ago I conferenced with a physician who had worked for an organization for approximately 25 years. The physician was very highly compensated. This physician appeared "burned-out" and simply wanted a change of pace. The unfortunate part was that the employer had invested... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: How does the process for pre-employment drug screening work with marijuana for remote work positions?

I received a offer from United Health Group and the preemployment process has a standard drug screening which includes marijuana. I reside in NYS. Would my offer be rescinded if the drug test comes back with positive marijuana if the employer resides outsides of NYS?

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
answered on Oct 31, 2021

No more Cannabis testing in New York except in special circumstances. See this link:

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2021/10/22/new-york-employers-are-banned-from-testing-most-workers-for-weed

Apply for the job honestly. Complete all questionnaires, etc... honestly....
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: How to look up Equitable Estoppel Employment Cases that was successful in relation to plaintiff mental illness

Statue of limitations ran out but knew evidence has surface and plaintiffs want to file action against former employer, to reopen retirement pension fund

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
answered on Oct 17, 2021

A retirement pension fund issue appears to fall under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as "ERISA". Some of us have successfully fought on behalf of employees facing reduced severance pay. Employers sometimes allege breaks in continuous services by employees.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can a school district put you on unpaid leave without it being in contract for refusing Covid-19 weekly testing

We were given a letter this week to submit for weekly Covid-19 testing starting next week in we are unvaccinated. A few of us bus drivers are refusing for various reasons and concerns. We were told they would put us on unpaid leave for refusing. I read that they cannot do this if it's not in... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
answered on Oct 15, 2021

It's a public safety issue like wearing seat belts although you can't see the potentially deadly nature of the virus.

If you have a strongly held religious belief from a recognized religious group or organization speak with those authorities about an exemption. If your physician...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: My manager changed my schedule while I was on vacation, which resulted in my termination. Is there anything I can do?

A couple years back I worked for wal-mart. I took a week long vacation with one of my friends/coworkers to another state. We both put in for the week off and we both got it approved. When we got back I noticed my manager changed my schedule so I would be a no call no show. I worked for the company... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Sep 29, 2021

While this situation sounds very unfair, it is not unlawful for your employer to change your schedule at any time for any reason, even if this results in your termination. However, I imagine you would have been entitled to unemployment benefits if you could demonstrate that you had already been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: My boss hasn’t enforced a provision regarding promotions in over 25 years. They now r. It hurts women. Discrimination?

My school district hasn’t enforced a provision on teacher advancement in terms of salary in over 25 years. A new HR director is making it a point to enforce it, and is denying salary differentials for teachers who have more than a Masters degree coming in. Furthermore HR has decided teachers... Read more »

Derek John Soltis
Derek John Soltis
answered on Sep 27, 2021

You should talk with an employment lawyer. It sounds like discrimination to me. If the only people it has been enforced on are two black woman that is insane.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Constitutional Law, Education Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: I submitted a religious exemption that was neither approved nor denied. My job refuses to provide any accommodations

Even though it's a department of education school and the department of Ed is accommodating teachers, my job is not taking my request seriously nor are they willing to make any accommodation for my religious practice. I was told I would be placed on unpaid leave with no regard to my request... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Sep 22, 2021

Your question does not indicate what your religious accommodation request is. Whether your employer's decision to place you on an unpaid leave is unlawful depends on your accommodation request, whether your request eliminates one of the essential functions of your job, and/or causes your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: What are the risks/benefits for resignation verses being laid off or terminated?

I'm a Healthcare provider in NYS and do not want to be vaccinated. I am being asked to resign. What are the risks/benefits for resignation verses being laid off or terminated? I understand I will not get unemployment

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Sep 14, 2021

The main benefit of resignation is that you will not have a termination on your record. For example, when applying for new jobs, many job applications will inquire as to whether you've ever been terminated from a previous job. By resigning in lieu of being terminated, you will avoid any... Read more »

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Q: Looking for some clarification regarding to this document. It’s seems to be an adjustment request to a existing law?

Face Coverings for COVID-19 Prevention Effective date: 8/27/21

Pursuant to the authority vested in the Public Health and Health Planning Council and the Commissioner of Health by Sections 201, 206, and 225 of the Public Health Law, Title 10 (Health) of the Official Compilation of Codes,... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
answered on Sep 1, 2021

Not sure what your question is. The regulation/law seems clear, plain, unambiguous. It seems to speak for itself:

2.60. Face Coverings for COVID-19 Prevention

(a) As determined by the Commissioner based on COVID-19 incidence and prevalence, as well

as any other public health...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: I won a settlement. I don't agree with the settlement amount. Can my lawyers go back for more money?
Michael D. Birchmore
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Michael D. Birchmore
answered on Aug 30, 2021

While it might be unlikely, you should discuss with your attorneys who actually know all the facts of your situation.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: Suspended without pay for extended amount of time

I have been suspended from my workplace for almost a month due to a security breach. My account was used to make administrative changes to our users via a vpn connection. Upon looking further into my home network I realized an unknown user has accessed my incoming connection Keylogged my system,... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Aug 11, 2021

Your employer is not violating the law by keeping you on a leave of absence while the police investigate the security breach. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do in this situation besides wait.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: My job asked me to share my college transcripts & diplomas to submit to U.S. immigration to help a new hire get a visa.

I work in NYC, at will, salaried. My employer requested that I share my diploma and transcripts so that they can share them with immigration officials to help a new hire get a work visa. My employer did not indicate that the request was optional. Can they legally request that? Can they share my... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Jul 26, 2021

The USCIS has gotten extremely obnoxious to employers for H1-b visa applications. The unrighteous restrictions placed upon lawful non-immigrant/immigrant employment visa applicants smothers the U.S. economy due to bigotry and ignorance. They used to allow 200,000 H1b visas in the 1990s, but it... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: If a person applies for a job and they are called for an phone interview for that company and Human Resources advises

that they interested in you and you follow all protocol by staying in touch etc. Then they decide to tell you the position has been filled and then you find out they reposted the job. Is there any bias here because they show interest in you and they tell you they filled the position and now it is... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
answered on Jun 22, 2021

Why not apply for the reposted position?

Many say that it is a very tight job market. An employee's choice. The candidate they selected may have accepted a better offer or failed to show for their first day of work. Human Resources thought the position was filled and here they are. Or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for New York on
Q: My company laid me off, lack of work.

My boss gave me a company bonus check for project commissions in my duration. Do I have to report this to Unemployment NY? The check was issued from a payroll account of the company. this isn’t severance it is a bonus owed to me from last years project completion commission percentage. They did... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Apr 21, 2021

Yes, you should still report it as income received to unemployment for the week that you received the bonus check.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can you be denied promotion for being "unrated" on evaluation because of medical condition which didn't effect work

Limited duty medical assignment cost me promotion even though all my assigned tasks were completed without being effected by medical condition. Work For NYC Sanitation. Passed over for promotion due to being on limited duty assignment (no driving) even though my assigned position doesn't... Read more »

Derek John Soltis
Derek John Soltis
answered on Apr 13, 2021

You really should speak with an employment attorney. It sounds like you may have a claim.

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