A reverse discrimination case is returning to the lower court after the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, found there were factual questions that needed to be answered before the trial court could dismiss the action.
Wage and hour issues are often hidden. Employees are placed in positions where they feel as though they must complete a job or a task, regardless of compensation. They may have tips shorted or be subjected misclassifications that deny them their pay for hours worked. And to follow the mainstream media, one would be led to believe that wage theft and wage and hour violations only occur with great rarity.
Gender discrimination has long been prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991. And typically, when an employment discrimination lawsuit is brought, the plaintiff's are women, who allege various machinations by their employer to place them at a disadvantage to their male coworkers.
The difficulty with much discrimination in the workplace is that it is unconscious. Sure, there are shocking, blatant examples of women being forced to trade sexual favors for continued employment. And no one, expect perhaps the perpetrators, finds that acceptable or believes it should be permitted.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported this week the statistics for workplace discrimination cases it was involved with during fiscal year 2014. While discrimination cases overall declined, the number of retaliation cases increased to a record number.
Americans like to believe they are pro-family. Mothers, in the abstract, often receive praise, and are equated as being as "American as apple pie." However, for many mothers, especially expectant mothers who are working, the reality is often very different.