When people lose their jobs, they sometimes use the terms "fired" and "laid off" interchangeably as if they mean the same thing. The person is just saying that they are not employed any longer.
Though overt racism does still happen from time to time in the workplace, it is far more common to experience casual racism. Workers and employers understand that the overt racist beliefs held in the past are now illegal; whether they feel that way or not, they're far less likely to act on their feelings.
When employees start a new job, it's safe to say that they spend a fair amount of time thinking about their wages. Is that salary enough to pay the bills? Do they like the idea of earning overtime pay? How does the pay compare to similar jobs, especially when considering a total compensation package that may also include things like investments, health insurance benefits and much more?
Recently, workers in New York and other American cities have become very sensitive about their employment rights. While it is wonderful to see people from all walks of life standing up for their rights, employers are having a hard time complying with employment law.
If you've suffered from sexual harassment in the workplace, you may be looking into your legal options. You know that what happened to you was unfair, unjust and illegal. You want to know what to do.
Often, unless you have an employment contract, you can be fired with relatively little reason. As long as they don't fire you because of your gender, race, age or another protected class, your boss has a lot of freedom to keep or terminate your employment.
Have you ever had the experience of noticing that the people around you at the office were getting younger and younger? The longer you stay in your career, the more chance there will be of something like this happening to you. You might even become the oldest one at work.
There are many important moments in American history as it pertains to civil rights. In the context of U.S. labor law history, there are two events that stand out: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1966 California farm worker's strike.
The United States as a nation was built by the hard work of our forebears. Today, the prosperity of America is dependent upon those who continue the tradition of exchanging labor and services for a fair wage. This system works very well when all parties do their part. However, some employers take advantage of their workers by denying them even the most basic rights. This is just as true in New York as it is in other American states.
In essence, an employment contract is an agreement between an employee and an employer. It is also a legal document defining many facets of an employment relationship. More and more businesses in New York have begun to make use of these employment law documents because they protect employers and workers alike. When a well-drafted contract is in place, it can prevent misunderstandings or disputes that may otherwise lead to litigation.