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How New York State Law Provides Rights to Domestic Workers

Historically, domestic workers were not given the same employment rights as individuals working in large companies. This has placed hardship on the people who clean homes, take care of children and the elderly, and those who cook meals for families in home environments. Fortunately, New York State labor laws now include the Domestic Workers Bill… Read More »

New York City’s Human Rights Law — One of the Most Protective in the Nation

New York City has consistently remained a diverse, progressive place to live and work. The Human Rights Law of the City of New York was enacted in 1965 to protect this important aspect of the city. The landmark Human Rights Law strengthened prior laws that addressed discrimination in the workplace, education, housing and public accommodation…. Read More »

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Case Highlights Employees’ Rights

Modern science allows doctors to more accurately predict risk of disease and help patients take important preventative measures to manage or avoid serious medical problems. Because of such diagnostic tools as genetic testing and evaluation of family history, doctors can more effectively shape healthcare treatments to benefit individual patients. Unfortunately, these valuable medical resources are… Read More »

New Mother Exercises Her Rights Under the Affordable Care Act

For the past two years, coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been constant and intense. Despite the barrage of news about the ACA, however, many new mothers are unaware of provisions that protect their rights to continue nursing after they return to work. The ACA amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards… Read More »

Unpaid Interns Work for Free and Are Denied Basic Legal Protections

Unpaid interns receive no income for their work, a fact that is readily apparent by their title. However, most interns probably don’t realize they also receive no protection against employment discrimination. This is because interns are not employees by virtue of their lack of wages. This circular and unfair logic has left the most vulnerable… Read More »

How a Recent Supreme Court Ruling Affects Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

A June 24, 2013 decision by the United States Supreme Court has made it more challenging for whistleblowers to win lawsuits against their employers for illegal retaliation when brought under federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). A whistleblower is one who reports the misconduct or illegal activity of his or… Read More »

How a Recent Supreme Court Ruling Affects Employer Harassment Cases

A June 24, 2013 decision by the United States Supreme Court has changed the definition of a supervisor. This decision affects employer harassment cases brought under federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). When a co-worker harasses a worker, the employer is liable only when the employer was negligent in controlling… Read More »

Discriminatory Hiring Practices: A Victory for Transgender Workers

The Mia Macy v. Eric Holder ruling states that an employer cannot disqualify a candidate simply because the candidate discloses that he or she is undergoing a sex-change operation. Essentially, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling makes it clear that disqualifying the candidate because of gender identity violates Title VII of the Civil Rights… Read More »

Ironworker Harassed by Construction Crew Boss Wins Jury Verdict — Fifth Circuit Affirms

An ironworker subjected to name-calling, simulated sexual acts and repeated flashings by a supervisor on an all-male construction crew won a jury verdict in the amount of $200,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued his employer. The construction company appealed to the 5th Circuit Court… Read More »

Sexual Harassment in the New York Parks Department

Female temporary workers at the New York Parks Department were made to strip at holiday parties and allegedly advised to get on the pole to keep their jobs. The sexual harassment continued as male supervisors physically assaulted female temps by snapping their bras and lifted one woman’s shirt to lick her exposed stomach and bury… Read More »

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