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 Stephen Hans Blog
Jan 23, 2015 | 1327 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues.
However, recently, an outside staffing agency was involved in a disability discrimination lawsuit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought against Sony Electronics.
Both Sony Electronics and Staffmark Investment LLC ended up settling the lawsuit, which addressed alleged discrimination against a temporary employee who had a prosthetic leg. Staffmark sent the employee to inspect Sony televisions on a temporary basis. While working her second day, a Staffmark employee approached the woman and removed her from the workplace. The explanation given was that the company had concerns she would get bumped or knocked down. The EEOC investigation revealed that Sony’s management had prompted the Staffmark employee to remove the worker. Consequently, the judge considered Sony to be complicit in the violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
It was an expensive error for both companies, resulting in payments from Staffmark of $100,000 and from Sony of $86,000 to the employee.
In addition to the monetary penalty, the federal judge ordered the following:
• Sony must report all employee complaints of disability discrimination to the EEOC for the next two years
• Sony must train certain management and supervisory employees in employment discrimination laws, including the ADA
• Sony must not require that the employee keep the facts of the case confidential, must not waive her rights to file discrimination with a government agency or prevent her from applying or working with Sony or any of Sony’s clients
If you face discrimination issues as an employer, Stephen Hans & Associates can provide you with effective legal representation. For more than 20 years, Stephen Hans & Associates, has successfully defended employers and helped them resolve employment issues that have resulted in litigation.
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January 23, 2015
Go Queens & Go Rockaway...what's good for Rockaway families is ACTION on Build It Back. It's disgraceful that city bureaucrats obstruct fund disbursement to homeowners ravaged by Sandy...and let's remember these funds were dedicated by the feds specifically to help NYC residents hurt by Sandy and city bureaucrats OBSTRUCT, not support Rockaway!!! Likewise, everybody's got back their boardwalks (Long Beach, all along The Jersey Shore) but Rockaway...WHY!!! Even a local school - PS#114 - lost their boiler from Sandy, and to this day 'Schools' is working on replacing it...two years later!!! How long does it take to replace a boiler??? I love Queens, I love Rockaway, and I love Katz!!!...PJS
Glendale residents express concern over Cross Harbor plan
by Chase Collum
Jan 23, 2015 | 137 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A plan to increase freight delivery to Long Island has residents of Glendale up in arms, as it could see a massive increase in freight traffic to the communities surrounding a local rail yard. Currently, there are several proposals under consideration as to how additional freight could be brought to Long Island, all of which would either call for a rail tunnel or for barges to ship cargo. The cost of plans being considered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the Federal Highway Administration, ranges from $7 up to $ 11 million. Local resident Mary Parisen believes that a freight tunnel would lead to disaster for her neighborhood, as it would include expansion of the Fresh Pond rail yard, which she said is already overburdened. “This is a tunnel to nowhere,” Parisen said. “There are no realistic plans as to what is going to happen to the freight when it hits the shores of greater Long Island. It’s already a bottle neck.” CB5 Chairman Vinny Arcuri said that if the tunnel were chosen as the preferred method of transportation, it would be modeled after the channel tunnel between England and France. But he doesn’t believe that such a tunnel can be geographically supported since that tunnel requires a vast acreage on either side of the channel for trucks to load and unload their cargo. “Where anywhere in Brooklyn and Queens they could find an area that large, I don’t know,” Arcuri said. In the past, Parisen and her colleague Mary Arnold have been instrumental in ensuring that garbage trains were required to don covers while traveling through their community to limit litter spill and the smell emanating from the cars. “Just like the stink trains, this is going to be detrimental to our neighborhood,” Parisen said. Over the next several months, PANYNJ will be hosting a series of hearings to field community concerns and suggestions about the 10 proposed freight transport plans. The next meeting to discuss the Cross Harbor plan will be held at Borough Hall on January 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.
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Photo: MIchael O'Kane
Photo: MIchael O'Kane
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O’Neill’s and sports legends to host St. Jude’s fundraiser
by Chase Collum
Jan 22, 2015 | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To start the new year off right, O’Neill’s is hosting a fundraiser to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in cooperation with several local sports legends. Headed up by 1994 Stanley Cup champion Brian Leetch and his teammates Adam Graves and Mike Richter, the event brings together champions from a number of different sports – football, basketball, boxing, and more – for a fundraising effort on behalf of St. Jude. Hallmarked by an impressive heated tent taking up the entire length of 53rd Drive, the event will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 25. Tickets are just $100 ($50 for guests 12 and under) and include an all-day gourmet buffet and open bar. Live music including the Dr. JIN Band, guitarist Bugs Moran, and pianist Dennis Liburd, will be featured throughout the venue all day long. Family-friendly entertainment, including renowned magician Seth Kramer, will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Madison Square Garden’s sideline reporter Tina Cervasio will co-host and emcee the event, in addition to conducting a live auction featuring packages like a week-long villa rental in Cannes, France, for up to 8 people or four nights at luxurious Dominican Republic golf resort Casa de Campo. Guests will also be able to purchase raffle tickets ($10 each) for items such as a Yankee Legends Stadium experience or a batting practice experience at Citi Field, as well as signed items by NY sports icons like Brian Leetch, Mariano Rivera, and many more. Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite or by calling Eagel Sports Promotions at (914) 332-4772.
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