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Salvation Army Settles Religion Discrimination Dispute

by Derek T. Smith The Salvation Army is widely known for the Christmas bell ringers who collect donations in large red kettles in front of stores. The Christian-affiliated organization also engages in emergency disaster services, hunger relief, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, veterans’ affairs, prison ministries, human trafficking advocacy, rehabilitation programs, children’s services and other crucial… Read More »

Common Sense Says You Should Not Be Judged By Your Weight, But Is it Against the Law?

by Derek T. Smith Extra weight does not affect a person’s intellect, work ethic or professionalism. Yet, overweight workers often face pervasive employment discrimination. Sadly, in many instances, the discrimination is tolerated. Unjustly, the laws offer little recourse.  The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) reports the following:  “Unfortunately, weight bias remains very socially acceptable in North… Read More »

Harassment Not Part of the NFL Playbook

by Derek T. Smith Professional football players are tough. They have to be to run at full-speed while wearing heavy gear, slam full-force into 300-pound opponents and have six times that poundage pile on top of them when they are tackled. However, the extraordinary physical strength of a professional player may not protect him from… Read More »

What Would You Do With $431,000? — That is How Much the Average Woman Loses Because of the Gender Wage Gap

by Derek T. Smith The White House site quotes President Barack Obama, “Women make up about half our workforce. But they make $0.77 for every $1 a man makes. That’s wrong.” But what does this blatant gender discrimination really mean for women over a lifetime?  Consider the following statistics, as reported by the White House: … Read More »

Harassment by People Other Than Co-workers and Managers

The phrase “the customer is always right” is often spoken in service industries. In the context of workplace discrimination and harassment, however, the customer is not always right. In fact, employers can be held liable for failing to address harassment and discrimination perpetrated by customers against employees.  Harassment and discrimination by customers can take a… Read More »

Gender Discrimination: Does the Wage Gap Endure?

The Obama administration is pushing for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act — a law that is designed to make wage differences between men and women in the workforce more transparent. The proposal comes approximately 50 years after President Kennedy passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to address the issue of wage disparity… Read More »

Reasonable Accommodation: Dress Codes vs. Religious Dress

Should employers be forced to accept the observance of religious rituals that could affect the bottom line of the business? The answer to this question is complicated. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employers are required to reasonably accommodate religious rituals to the extent that the ritual does not cause the business undue… Read More »

Taking a Step Forward: Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law in New York

Last year, as four times previously, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). And, just like the last four times the Assembly passed GENDA over the past decade — an anti-discrimination law that would add “gender identity and expression” to the existing New York State Human Rights Law — the… Read More »

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