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January 2017 Archives

Secret Service agents win compensation for race discrimination

New York residents may be interested in learning that on Jan. 17, the Secret Service agreed to settle a claim for $24 million. In the claim, more than 100 black Secret Service agents stated that their superiors cultivated racism.

Whistleblower is reinstated

According to an announcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an Amtrak employee who was terminated after voicing concerns regarding railroad safety has been reinstated. He has also been financially compensated for $892,551. The man was allegedly let go for expressing concerns about fraud and abuse committed by a railroad contractor that had been previously convicted in a New York state court.

Public comments sought by EEOC

New York companies and their employees will be able to provide feedback regarding a proposed enforcement guidance that addresses illegal workplace harassment under the federal anti-discrimination laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidance refers specifically to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the enforcement guidance is adopted, it will override four existing documents from the 1990s and a section of the EEOC Compliance Manual regarding harassment.

Trump's labor pick paid employees less than minimum wage

New York workers who make minimum wage may be interested to learn that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen to nominate Andy Puzder for labor secretary. Puzner, the CEO of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., has a history of violating minimum wage laws.

EEOC guide helps employers avoid national origin discrimination

New York employees may be interested in learning that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a guide on national origin discrimination. This document can help employees and employers understand what national origin discrimination is and what can be done to reduce the risk of any potential violations.

Identifying and dealing with workplace discrimination

Many New York employees face workplace discrimination due to their employment status, gender or family responsibilities. If they are being discriminated against for any reason, it can have an effect on their productivity and their ability to provide for themselves and their family members. In order to stop discrimination in the workplace, employees should know what it looks like and the steps they should take to stop it.

Sexual harassment from contractors or clients

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a real problem for many New York employees. When a person is harassed at work by a colleague, they often have several options for reporting the incident and can be protected from reprisal by the employee or employer. This situation becomes more complicated when the harasser is an outside contractor or client that the employee must work with in order to complete a job.

Justice Department issues final anti-discrimination rule

A new rule will go into effect on Jan. 18, 2017. Issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, it concerns the enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provisions. It is important for New York employers and employees to understand its provisions.

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