Email: Hakan@akinlaws.com | Phone: 212-825-1400
Hakan Sen is a paralegal assisting the New York and New Jersey sexual harassment and employment discrimination attorneys at the Akin Law Group. Having studied criminal justice at the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Mr. Sen has a special interest in seeing victims made whole again by utilizing the applicable laws available to them.
Mr. Sen, coming from an immigrant family, understands that many individuals still face Discrimination at Work due to their race, religion, color creed, sex (gender), age, disability and national origin. Having seen family members and friends discriminated, Mr. Sen is a strong advocate for the workers that are victimized by bigotry and hatred.
Many employers specifically look to hire immigrant workers so that they can pay them less than what the minimum wage as mandated by the FLSA and the NYLL and make them work excessive hours (well above 40 hours per week) performing rather strenuous tasks while refusing to pay them overtime (time and-a-half) for all extra hours worked or simply refuse to pay them at all (minimum wage or overtime) for the extra hours worked. Mr. Sen knows that many immigrant workers are afraid to stand-up for themselves and ask their employers to stop violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, stop violating the New York Labor Law and the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act.
To comply with these laws, employers are required to keep and maintain certain records. Employers must keep records on wages, hours, and other information as set forth by the law. The records to be kept, must include accurate information about the employee, the hours worked and the wages earned. The following is a listing of the basic payroll records that an employer must maintain:
- Employee’s full name, as used for Social Security purposes
- Address, including zip code
- Date of birth
- Sex (Gender) and occupation
- Time and day of week when employee’s workweek begins
- Hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek
- Basis on which employee’s wages are paid (e.g., “$11 per hour” or “$440 a week”)
- Regular hourly pay rate and Overtime Rate of Pay
- Total deductions and withholdings
- Total overtime earnings for the workweek
- All additions to or deductions from the employee’s wages
- Total wages paid each pay period
- Date of payment and the pay period covered by the payment
In addition to immigrants, Mr. Sen is also well aware that many workers (especially blue-color workers) are victims of violations involving Wage and Hour Laws. These workers are often paid less than the minimum wage and denied overtime pay despite working in excess of 40 hours per week. Committed to protecting all workers, Mr. Sen gives special attention to those especially in need of protection regardless of their immigration status.
Often times, individuals that are paid less than the minimum wage or denied overtime pay are also discriminated on the job. They often face discrimination based on their Race (especially African-Americans), their Religion (particularly Muslims), or their National Origin (Middle-Easterners and Hispanics). In addition to these characteristics, discrimination laws also protect individuals based on other characteristics like Gender (women being paid less than men for similar work), Sexual Orientation (LGBT members being ridiculed, called derogatory names etc.), Disability, Pregnancy, Age, and Past Criminal Convictions.
Employers have Human Resources departments and attorneys working specifically to limit their liability even when workers are subjected to sexual harassment, employment discrimination or a hostile work environment. You should not try to take on these large and financially capable companies on your own. In the event you feel discriminated or harassed, call Mr. Sen; he will schedule a meeting with one of the attorneys well versed in this field of practice to ensure that your rights are protected.
Mr. Sen will works vigorously with the employment attorneys at the Akin Law Group and will assist you in presenting your claim while displaying the care and compassion that you deserve.