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New U.S. Fact Sheet Warns of Job Retaliation for Complaints

Author: Leeds, Morelli & Brown, PC
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A new fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division offers information about the prohibition of retaliating against any employee who has filed a complaint or cooperated in an investigation, according to lawyers at Leeds, Morelli & Brown LP, the Long Island law firm.

The division administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law that regulates wages and hours of work for many employers. Under the law, all covered nonexempt employees must be paid at least federal minimum wage for all hours worked and must receive overtime pay at one and one half times the regular rate for all hours worked over 40 in a work week.

Moreover, the FLSA protects workers who have alleged that their employers violated the law and prohibits employers from discharging or in any other manner discriminating against an employee because the employee filed a complaint, instituted a proceeding under or relating to the FLSA, testified or will testify in any such proceeding, or has served or is about to serve on an industry committee.

“If you’ve filed a claim against your employer and feel that you are the subject of retaliation, you may file a retaliation complaint with the Wage and Hour Division or you may file a private law suit seeking reinstatement, lost wages, and an additional damages,” said Jeffrey K. Brown, a partner at Leeds Morelli & Brown.

“Unfortunately, these unlawful acts occur, but employees must be aware that they have legal remedies,” said Lenard Leeds, a partner at Leeds Morelli & Brown.

The new government fact sheet can be found online at:

To speak to an attorney about your employer’s failure to comply with the FLSA, contact the employment law specialists at Leeds, Morelli & Brown at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.

About Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC
Based in Carle Place, NY, Leeds Morelli & Brown, LLP is a New York City area law firm widely known and respected — in New York and across the U.S. — for its lawyers’ abilities to litigate complex legal issues effectively and for obtaining winning verdicts for its clients, including many celebrities, particularly in the areas of employment law, civil rights, discrimination and sexual harassment. For more information call 1-800-585-4658 or visit  Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC.

Supreme Court Grants ‘Ministerial Exception’ to Employment Discrimination Laws

Author: Jeffrey K.Brown, Leeds Morelli & Brown

Jeffrey K Brown, Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC

A recent decision of the Supreme Court will drastically change the standard of employment laws with respect to religious groups.  For the first time, the Supreme Court has recognized a “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws.  The High Court has ruled churches and other religious groups must be free to choose and dismiss their leaders without government interference.  Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., recognized the importance of the federal employment laws, however, he stated, so too is the “interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.”  While the scope of what constitutes a minister is not well defined, many speculate this will affect ministers, priests, rabbis, other religious leaders, as well as those teachers in religious schools with formal religious training who instruct students about religious matters.  Full article. Decision: Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. E.E.O.C.

In the workplace, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: eeoc.gov.

The attorneys at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC believe that discrimination at work, or anywhere else, has no place in a free and democratic society. Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC has worked with many clients represented on Long Island, throughout the New York City area involving employment discrimination. For a free consultation, please Contact Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC at 1-888-585-4658.