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Employees can report illegal pay practices

When employers in New York and other states refuse to pay their workers what they are due, the wronged employees have many options. One potential form of resolution involves filing a confidential report with the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. This body has the power to perform investigations that help it uphold the rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act . While some fact-finding missions are conducted at the WHD's own discretion and may involve multiple employers or companies, others are prompted by complaints.

Issues older workers face in New York

According to the AARP, 35 percent of the American workforce will be over age 50 by 2022, which is up from 25 percent in 2022. This means a larger number of older workers will be competing for jobs that may be difficult to get for many reasons. A poor economy means that employers are not always looking for more experienced workers who may be more expensive than younger workers.

Causes of sexual harassment in New York

Although America may elect its first woman president in 2016, sexual harassment is still a major issue in many companies. In early July, Gretchen Carlson, who used to co-host a popular Fox News show, filed a harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the CEO of the network. In addition to her being subjected to unwanted advances, she also claimed in her lawsuit that another former colleague displayed sexist behavior toward her. Some believe that the issue is so prevalent because it may be hard to define.

Former Yelp employee fired for posting negative review

Reviews on the Internet forum Yelp can be very important for businesses on Long Island. When customers share their opinions and star ratings, the Yelp reviews can have a profound influence on potential new ones. In early 2016, Yelp received a review of its own when a disgruntled customer service agent wrote an open letter to the company's CEO and posted it online.

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