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Carnegie Mellon Study Finds Employers Use Facebook to Discriminate Against Muslim Applicants

The fact that businesses use Facebook to screen job candidates for inappropriate behavior is well-known. However, some qualified job seekers may also face discrimination based on profiles that reflect solid, professional conduct, but that indicate adherence to the Muslim faith: Researchers in a recent Carnegie Mellon University study created fake résumés that led to bogus… Read More »

Sexual Harassment in Grad School

Graduate students often end up treading the line between student and employee. While they take positions assisting professors and teaching undergraduates as part of extending their education — and often receive payment for their work — they are first and foremost students who count on a collegial or at least civil learning environment as they… Read More »

Supreme Court to (Re)Define Supervisor for Purposes of Employment Discrimination Law

We all know the situation: One person — maybe someone in HR or higher up in management —hires you and has the power to fire you. But someone else has charge of your day-to-day work experience. Sometimes, the position arises informally, like when someone who has been on staff for years when you just arrived… Read More »

FedEx Pays $3 Million to Settle Unusual Employment Discrimination Case With the Federal Government

In March 2012, the United States Department of Labor announced it had reached an agreement with shipping giant FedEx in which the company would pay $3 million to the federal government to settle charges of discriminatory hiring practices. Additionally, FedEx agreed to: Take significant steps to eliminate discrimination from its hiring processes Develop and implement… Read More »

What to Do When You Want to File a Discrimination Claim

You believe that you are the victim of discrimination in the workplace. What should you do? As a preliminary step, review New York State and New York City laws. Combined, these laws cover nearly every form of discrimination. Unless your discrimination complaint arises from one of the few areas covered by city law but not… Read More »

Favoritism as Discrimination

This scenario has to be familiar to a many minorities in highly competitive, high-skills jobs: When you first start out at work, everything seems great. Sure, you may be one of very few black people/Asian people/women/gay people at your job, but everyone treats you well and you get assigned lots of interesting projects. Then the… Read More »

The Face of Pregnancy Discrimination

Generally, we think of pregnancy discrimination as occurring when women face harassment or ridicule because of a pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. But given the broad scope of federal, state and local laws prohibiting pregnancy discrimination, it is important to consider what exactly pregnancy discrimination means and the many forms it can take. For example, what… Read More »

Defining Gender Identity Discrimination

Gender identity discrimination occurs when someone treats you differently or unfairly because of your gender identity. Examples of workplace gender identity discrimination can include: Losing your job when your employer discovers your plans to undergo a sex reassignment operation Facing harassment, teasing or worse because your employer or co-workers discover that you cross-dress outside of… Read More »

Race Discrimination Still Prevalent in New York

Unfortunately, race discrimination is alive and well in New York City. After the attack on the World Trade Center, bias-related incidents occurred, particularly in regard to the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities. Under the New York City Human Rights Law, discrimination due to ethnicity or national origin is clearly illegal. As a protected class,… Read More »

So You Filed a Discrimination Lawsuit. Now What?

It takes strength and courage to file a discrimination suit against your employer. Even if you were a witness in the case or just involved in another way, it’s not easy. You could become a target for retaliation. Retaliation happens if your employer takes action against you in some way because you participated in a… Read More »

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