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Category Archives: Discrimination

Appearance-Based Discrimination is More than ‘Hot or Not’

Employment discrimination based on looks is a complicated and potentially very dangerous practice for employers to engage in. In hiring, it is not technically illegal to reject a candidate based on his or her appearance. However, it is extremely risky for a number of reasons.  Federal law prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion… Read More »

Columbia Janitor Sues Over Racial Discrimination

A janitor at Columbia University is suing the institution for racial discrimination, alleging that administrators unfairly treat him and other black employees on account of their skin color. Oumar Coulibay, who started working at a residential complex in 2008, claims that in addition to experiencing job-related setbacks, he has also suffered significant health problems resulting… Read More »

OMH Employee Alleges Retaliation After Filing Complaint

After she filed two complaints alleging sexual harassment at her job at the Rochester Psychiatric Center, Vicky Snyder alleges that her complaints were not just ignored—she says her supervisors harassed her further, and that the state’s Office of Mental Health, which oversees her employer, treated her complaints as though she had brought the harassment upon… Read More »

Women-Only Taxi App: Sound Model or Discrimination?

A new mobile app designed to match female passengers with female drivers is causing controversy between those who believe the app will provide a useful service for women who might feel unsafe hopping in a male-operated cab and those who believe the entire model is discriminatory.  The people behind SheRides (known as SheTaxis outside of… Read More »

Former Mets Employee Sues Over Discrimination

The New York Mets’ former senior vice president for ticket sales and service has sued the team and co-owner Jeff Wilpon, who allegedly fired her because she was pregnant and unmarried. Leigh Castergine was fired on August 20 — the stated reason was that she had failed to meet sales goals, but Castergine alleges a… Read More »

Why Can’t You Access Your Own Personnel File?

A common problem New Yorkers might run into when dealing with conflicts at work, such as discrimination, is the inability to access their own personnel files. While it may seem like looking at your own personnel file should be easy and completely harmless, it’s not likely you’ll ever have the chance. Very simply put, New… Read More »

Religious Holidays and the Workplace Environment

Although summer is just ending, we all know how quickly the last part of the year seems to go. Before we know it, the winter holiday season will be here, and along with it a host of challenges for workplaces. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa and other holidays, most of the world’s religious and cultural… Read More »

Random Drug Testing and New York Law

Random drug testing has become more and more common in the American workplace, and New York is no different. The practice is controversial in some quarters, but while many states have restricted employers’ ability to drug-test their employees, there is no law on the books in New York that prohibits or restricts it. The only… Read More »

Unlawful Discrimination at Employment Agencies Forces Action from Attorney General

After allegations of discriminatory and predatory business practices were levied against five New York City-based employment agencies, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had to get involved. On July 11, Schneiderman’s office reached agreements with all five agencies, which should prevent them from engaging in a number of practices that violate the rights of their… Read More »

‘Boss Bill’ Proposed in NY State in Response to Hobby Lobby Case

A bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees on the basis of the employees’ use of reproductive healthcare services passed in a bipartisan Assembly vote in June. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, passed by a margin of 106-30 and now awaits a vote in the state Senate. In urging… Read More »

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