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2 safe driving habits to adopt when facing a DWI

As the summer gets underway, you can expect to see many more motorists on the streets of New York City and across the nation. Whether you are currently facing a DWI charge or have in the past, now is an appropriate time for you to evaluate your driving habits. If your license is suspended, you might not have access to a vehicle until some point after your legal situation is resolved. 

Though you are not the only driver on the roads, your actions can impact others and create a domino effect that increases the risk of collisions and death. More than one million impaired motorists were apprehended by law enforcement in 2016, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Good driving habits are necessary for you to stay safe. Here are two driving habits you should have to avoid criminal charges in the future. 

2 common types of workplace discrimination

Most New York employees are aware there are federal laws in place to protect them against certain types of wrongdoing and improper behaviors that occur on the job. Though employers have policies to discourage discrimination their work environments, many workers still experience discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Some of them dread going to work and have issues with their job performance because they are working in a toxic work environment. 

Unfortunately, laws alone are not enough to prevent some employers from acting negligently, unlawfully and abusively towards their workers. Below are a few types of discrimination that are prevalent in the workplace. 

Is your work environment really a hostile one?

If you dread going to work in New York each day because you feel your boss and coworkers are mistreating and bullying you, you might work in a hostile environment. According to study in Market Place Business News, “20 percent of employees experience hostile behavior at their jobs. Keep in mind that there are many reasons why employees do not like going to their jobs. Some of them probably feel the same way you do. However, just because you believe your work environment is a hostile one does not necessarily make it true. 

It is important for you to understand how the law defines hostile work environments. Federal law protects employees against sexual harassment, age, disability, harassment, gender, and other types of discrimination. When coworkers, supervisors and other employer representatives’ make comments and harass another worker and violate their employment rights, they are creating a toxic work environment. 

Sexual harassment in the workplace: coworkers and customers alike

Sexual harassment is prevalent in society. The progression of the #MeToo movement and numerous high-profile allegations of misconduct have brought discussions about harassment to the surface. Even with the spotlight shining on inappropriate behavior in the workplace, much of the misconduct is still taking place in the background because workers feel insecure about their rights.

When a workplace doesn’t explicitly denounce behavior, it implicitly allows it. Every business, be it a restaurant, a movie studio, an accounting firm or a pro sports organization, needs to comply with the same laws respecting individual rights. The New York Times recently published a troubling look at professional cheerleaders under this light.

What is false arrest?

These days, it is essential to stay aware of your civil rights. Even if you think that you do not involve yourself in activities that you think are risky, there may come a day when you are in the wrong place at the right time and find yourself in a situation where you have your civil rights negatively impacted.

False arrest is just one type of civil rights violation, and many do not know when a false arrest happens to them. Both the federal and state governments have laws against false arrest. A false arrest occurs when law enforcement personnel holds an individual against his or her will but does not have the legal authority to do so.

Broad powers don't mean police can violate your rights

The adage goes that you can't fight city hall. Despite those words, that doesn't mean that you aren't allowed to fight. Rather, the presumption behind the statement is that the legal system is structured in such a way that those who try to battle city hall are doomed to fail. 

The legal system is not designed for going it alone

Smart people often like to show off how much they know. Wise people tend to be smart people who know that it doesn't matter how intelligent you are if you fail to apply your knowledge judiciously and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

When you are facing criminal charges in New York City, it can be agitating. Most people never fathom being brought up on charges. When they are, and if they happen to be confident in their own intelligence, they might think they can navigate the legal process on their own. Unfortunately, what they come to appreciate, often too late, is that they are in over their heads.

Readers Shared Their Harassment Stories. Experts Weigh In.

Here are some real-life examples of sexual harassment in the workplace and reactions from experts as to how to address them. The advice may prevent a breakdown in the attorney client relationship and a nightmare at your place of employment. Click here to read more

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