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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 »

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 »

Protecting Yourself from Retaliation

Federal and state law protects employees from retaliation for pursuing employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims or participating in the investigatory process. However, employees still need to tread carefully to avoid the common traps laid by some unscrupulous employers. Recent court decisions have made it easier for employers to defend retaliation claims.  In June 2013,… Read More »

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 »

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