Employment & Labor

Coinbase, the cryptocurrency start-up based in San Francisco, has recently made headlines following accusations made by current and former employees alleging racial and gender discrimination in the workplace. As we discussed in our previous blog on Coinbase, “the company’s internal racial tensions escalated in the wake of George Floyd and Brionna Taylor’s deaths as several black employees in the tech industry demonstrated their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.” Female employees have also spoken out about their experience with the company, several of them filing internal complaints. Additionally, many employees have written negative reviews on Glassdoor, one of them…
Expertise, an online service that connects users with the best local services in a wide array of fields, recently included our firm on its list of “Best Employment Lawyers in New York” for 2021. The company scored 3,113 lawyers based on availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism.  We are proud to say that The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis made the top 29 out of these 3,113 employment lawyers. Expertise gave us an A+ rating in the “reputation” category and mentioned our consistently high reviews.  We would like to thank Expertise for the feature, our clients for entrusting…
ERISA fee litigation seems out of control. In fact, the number of lawsuits filed in 2020 was double the number filed in 2018. While some of the fiduciaries who were sued didn’t take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously, many others who tried to do a good job were caught in the sights of aggressive class action attorneys. There have been fewer decisions on the merits than you might expect in these cases, relative to the number filed.  Many are settled without a final decision. This may leave fiduciaries wondering if it is ever possible to avoid a trial or extensive discovery…
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their December data last Friday. In the United States, 140,000 net jobs were lost last month. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), a non-profit that fights against gender-discrimination, said that “All of the jobs lost were women’s jobs, with women losing 156,000 jobs and men gaining 16,000.” This data means that women account for 111% of the jobs lost in December of 2020. There is a clear disparity between the genders on this issue. Business Insider attributes this decline due to a loss of jobs in the education, retail, and hospitality sectors, which are…
Google was subject to some criticism last month after firing one of its senior-level artificial-intelligence computer scientists, Timnit Gebru, for sending an email alluding to the company’s mistreatment of minority employees. Gebru, who held the position of a co-leader in Google’s Ethical AI Team in Silicon Valley, led and fostered research that assisted in raising the company’s status as a pioneer in the tech industry. According to the Washington Post, Gebru worked amongst a racially homogeneous group and was driven to push for more diversity and inclusion in her team. She sent an email out to a list of…
On December 31, 2020 the Healthy Terminals Act was signed into law by Governor Mario Cuomo requiring employees working at airports and with contractors providing airport food services to receive fringe benefits or cash supplements. The bill was co-sponsored by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, D-Bronx and supported by Service Employees International Union Local 32 BJ, the union representing many of the airport workers.  It is expected that this new law will offset the cost of health care for airport employees who work performing building services, cabin cleaners and wheelchairs and baggage claims attendants. These workers generally cannot afford…
As the Coronavirus Pandemic rages on, many people are wondering how life might change after a vaccine is widely available. Over the last ten months, the pandemic has drastically changed the American workplace, with 42% of the American workforce working remotely. While some employees enjoy the flexibility of working from home, others prefer a traditional office environment. Since many employees have shown that they can successfully work remotely during the pandemic, it’s likely that remote work will remain in some increased capacity after the pandemic ends. For example, Stripe, a financial services firm, has opened up a fully…
Last Tuesday, a New York State appeals court denied Lyft’s attempt to overturn New York City’s minimum wage rules for e-hail drivers.  In 2018, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) released guidelines establishing the first minimum wage for app-based drivers in the US, setting minimum per-trip charges that guaranteed drivers would earn at least $17.22, which includes minimum wage ($15) plus payroll taxes ($2.22). In 2019, Lyft had argued that the rules set forth by the TLC were biased towards its competitor, Uber, and sued the commission. The 2019 lawsuit against the TLC was brought to an end by New…
The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the nation to its core, leaving virtually no one unaffected. Working women have been particularly impacted during this time. Not only have women been more likely to lose their jobs than men during the pandemic, but women working from home have also suddenly found themselves simultaneously juggling full time jobs and childcare as many schools move online. What are the results of these changes? According to an annual report published by McKinsey & Company and  LeanIn.org, one in four women are considering slowing down or pausing their careers due to difficulties brought about by…
On December 9, Mayor de Blasio announced that beginning January 1, 2021, New York City employers with 100 or more workers are now required to provide 56 hours of paid sick leave, an increase from the previous 40 hour requirement. He also stated that employers with four or fewer workers must provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave. Additionally, domestic workers must be given up to 40 hours of paid sick time, an increase from the two days they are currently provided with. At a press conference, De Blasio stated, “This is how we get through this together,…
Last month, Alysa Butler, a Coinbase employee, informed the New York Times about racial discrimination and exclusivity in the workplace. Butler was one of 15 black employees at the company who complained to the human resources department about ongoing issues around racism before leaving the company last year. Coinbase, a prominent cryptocurrency start-up in the United States, is not the first tech company that has had racial diversity problems. The tech industry has a reputation for placing a glass ceiling on minority and female employees from receiving equal treatment and opportunities to move up the corporate ladder. Current and former…
Last month, the New York Times published an article mentioning a recent law that was passed in New Jersey regarding recreational marijuana usage. New Jersey residents voted to amend the state constitution and legalize the use of marijuana for adults 21 and older. The new bill is expected to take full effect on January 1st, 2021. New Jersey is anticipated to become one of the most prominent marijuana markets in the United States. This projection has urged neighboring states, like New York, to also support marijuana legalization for recreational use in fear of potentially losing comparative advantage in this market. The…