The Noble Law’s employment attorneys provide in depth updates in employment law for both North Carolina and New York. From blogs to news appearances, this is your place for the latest in Employment Law.

Employment Law Issues in Sports

Employment law issues in sports result in some of the most prominent discussions of employee rights and employer obligations in American life. Sexual harassment, workplace investigations, and vaccine mandates (a key issue in the NBA this year) are common discussion points in workplaces, whether your job is televised nationally or not. Today, The Noble Law wants to share a general overview of some employment issues we’ve observed in the world of sports recently. Baseball: Negotiations between the Major League Baseball …
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Motherhood in the Workplace: Mother’s Day 2022

Motherhood in the workplace (and the experiences that come with even considering the possibility) will play a role in the way a career unfolds for a great deal of employees. Many working women who take time away from full-time employment to raise children return to the workforce and find that it will take decades to find similar salaries and responsibility to what they once held, if they ever do. On this Mother’s Day, we want to take a tongue-in-cheek look …
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Name, Image, and Likeness Contracts (NIL)

Name, Image, and Likeness contracts (NIL) will undoubtedly change the way college athletics operates. In fact, that is about the only thing that all parties involved in this new endeavor can agree on! Today’s blog digs into what NIL means, what effects it is having on student-athletes, and where we go from here. What is NIL? Name, Image, and Likeness contracts refer to the ability of student-athletes to make money off of their notoriety as athletes. The NCAA had prevented …
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Workplace Protections for Transgender Employees

Workplace protections for transgender employees are real, but many trans employees may face challenges in having those protections feel meaningful and relevant. In 2020, the Supreme Court decided Bostock v. Clayton County. In that case, they held that Title VII of the workplace protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act also protect transgender individuals from discriminatory actions in the workplace. This means that transgender employees are legally protected against: Being fired or denied a promotion for being trans Retaliatory actions …
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Discrimination: Formerly Incarcerated Employees

As you can imagine, we talk about workplace discrimination quite a bit at The Noble Law. Much of our work occurs when employees are dealing with racial discrimination, gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, or other forms of discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination against formerly incarcerated employees, on the other hand, usually takes place before employment begins. One of the themes we focus on the most is why employees deserve a work environment where they are respected and safe. A financially stable …
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Living Wage and Minimum Wage – State Overview

Living wage and minimum wage. There’s a distinct difference between the two. For employees working at an hourly rate, it is essential that their employer follow all relevant laws regarding employee pay, overtime, and leave. Employees who make the federal minimum wage, or close to it, are automatically classified as non-exempt, meaning the employer is legally required to pay overtime rates for every hour over 40 in a work week. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees who have …
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4th Circuit Decision and the Equal Pay Act

On December 3, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in favor of Tracy Sempowich’s claim under the Equal Pay Act. Ms. Sempowich was represented by employment law attorney Katie Abernethy, a partner at The Noble Law. The ruling– which will likely influence other cases that allege sex-based pay discrimination– stated that courts should evaluate the equality of pay on the basis of wage rate, not total compensation.  This means that courts will evaluate each component of …
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Workplace Racial Discrimination in New York

As we’ve previously outlined in this space, New York State has some of the nation’s strongest protections against workplace racial discrimination and harassment. New York law protects employees from racial discrimination in the workplace that leads to things like: Pay inequity Failure to promote Unfavorable treatment from managers, coworkers, or vendors Hiring or firing decisions It is also essential to note that, should an employee complain about racial discrimination on the job or file a charge with the New York …
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Workplace Sexual Harassment Post-Covid

Workplace sexual harassment of employees is an awful and unfortunately commonplace situation that can damage people in many ways. An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) study found that anywhere from 25-85% of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. For a variety of reasons, that study also found that 75% of workplace harassment incidents go unreported. Workplace sexual harassment certainly did not vanish when many jobs went remote at the onset of the Covid pandemic (as we note below, …
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New York State Equal Pay Protections

Both the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the New York State Equal Pay Act were designed to address the practice of employers paying their female employees less than male colleagues performing the same responsibilities. These laws provide an avenue for female employees dealing with this issue to address the disparities in compensation. Individuals who live in New York State can find additional resources, overviews of other relevant statutes, and file a complaint about workplace discrimination by visiting the website …
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