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Category Archives: Discrimination

EEOC Files Complaint Against New York Firm for Religious Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued United Health Programs of America and its parent company Cost Containment Group, Inc. for religious discrimination in a case filed in early June of 2014. Mandatory quasi-religious practices enforced by an employer came under fire by the EEOC in a complaint that alleges the following: Defendants in the… Read More »

Sometimes the Only Defense: Motion to Dismiss

For persons accused of employment or sexual harassment, a motion to dismiss the matter is usually the first defense. In Milocys Dominguez v Shai Guber et al., Ms. Dominguez alleges she suffered sexual harassment and workplace retaliation in violation of the New York City Human Rights Law. The facts of the case include the following:… Read More »

Ex-CNN Technician Files Suit for Discrimination

An employee known for his colorful suits has filed his own discrimination lawsuit against CNN. In 2002, William Kane began working for news network CNN as a microphone technician. During his tenure with CNN, Mr. Kane was known for his colorful clothing, including mariachi and track suits in differing bold colors. Coupled with matching sombrero,… Read More »

A Global Concern: Addressing Gender-Based Crime

by Derek T. Smith Faced with the grim reality of increased abuse of women during international conflicts, the International Criminal Court (ICC) intensified its focus on gender-based crime. Located at the Hague in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent organization charged with investigating and prosecuting crimes that impact countries and communities around the world…. Read More »

Rochester “Bans the Box” to Prevent Employment Discrimination

by Derek T. Smith The city of Rochester recently joined Buffalo in taking steps to reduce discrimination against job applicants with a criminal record. According to a New York Times editorial, about one in four adults in the United States has a criminal record. The collateral consequences of a criminal record are sometimes worse than… Read More »

First Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses Employment Discrimination

by Derek T. Smith An appeals court recently found an employee provided sufficient evidence to present his case of employment discrimination by the Department of Homeland Security. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees in the United States from discrimination based on nation of origin. Since the tragic events of September 11, anti-immigrant and… Read More »

Women In The Islamabad Workplace and Sexual Harassment

The Secretary General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, IA Rehman, issued a report outlining the problems in current Pakistani sexual harassment laws. According to Rehman, the problem lies not in a lack of laws but in the reluctance to search out the flaws in these policies. Legal and human rights activists gathered in… Read More »

Massachusetts Domestic Workers Now Protected from Sexual Harassment and Abuse

Massachusetts has joined the ranks of states like New York, now providing legal protections for domestic workers. Under the new law, housekeepers, nannies, home nurses, companions, and other in-home employees are now safguarded from sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse. In addition, the legislation establishes basic rules on working hours, breaks, and terms of employment. The… Read More »

Additional Employment Discrimination Protections for Federal Workers

by Derek T. Smith Federal government employees may file claims of discrimination on any of the bases covered under the laws the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces, and may also file under additional bases. Some key examples are as follows: The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), protects federal government applicants and employees… Read More »

What Types of Legislation is Enforced by the EEOC?

by Derek T. Smith The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces prohibitions against several categories of employment discrimination. Prohibitions against discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability and genetic information, as well as reprisal for protected activity are derived from the following legislation: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964… Read More »

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