New York City has its own commission on human rights, which is in place to provide an added layer of protection in addition to federal protections already in place for those in protected classes. Protected people under the NYC Commission on Human Rights are supposed to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and acts of retaliation based on their protected status.
Under New York law, employers are not allowed to deduct money from wages unless a governmental agency or the employee authorizes the deduction. If the employee authorizes the deduction, the authorization must be given voluntarily and in writing while the employee is in full knowledge of all of the terms and conditions of the deduction.
In New York, both state and federal law prohibits discrimination against an employee in their compensation due to their gender. In addition to gender, people who are discriminated against because of their sexual preferences, such as lesbian, gay or bisexual workers also receive protection.
Employees in New York may benefit from understanding more about national origin discrimination, as described by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This type of discrimination can be described as mistreating applicants or employees because they are of a different ethnicity, from a different part of the world or country or due to their accent. Even if the victim and offender are of the same national origin, this type of discrimination may still exist.
Under the First Amendment, Americans have the right to practice the religion of their choice. With the growing variety of religions that exist in New York and around the country comes a challenge for employers, who must allow for religious freedom in the workplace or face religions discrimination allegations in court.
When a woman is pregnant, her employer or prospective employer is legally prohibited from discriminating against her based on her pregnancy status. Unfortunately, many New York employers continue to discriminate against women based on their pregnancy in violation of state and federal workplace employment and discrimination laws.
New York has specific rules that employers must follow to avoid claims of harassment. Additionally, various federal statutes prohibit this type of behavior.