Marijana represents employees in both individual and class actions involving wage-and-hour, discrimination , harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims. She is fluent in Spanish and Croatian.
Employers in New York and elsewhere are being encouraged to take religious discrimination in the workplace seriously. While religion is generally a hot topic, attacks on Jewish centers as well as a proposed ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries have put some on edge. Business owners and managers would be wise to understand that events that happen in the public can impact the workplace.
New York residents who have been victims of age discrimination in the workplace may be interested in the developments of a class action lawsuit that has been filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It is the second discrimination lawsuit that has been filed against the company in two months. The plaintiffs allege that older employees are mistreated during their performance evaluations. This results in fewer promotions and lower pay than their younger co-workers.
New York residents who are looking for a job may be interested to learn that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that a business could refuse to hire someone who has dreadlocks. Essentially, the court argued that traits that are changeable, such as hairstyles, are not protected by discrimination laws even if they are tied to a person's culture.
Older workers in New York and around the country will regain important workplace protections if a bill introduced by two Republicans and two Democrats is signed into law. The U.S. Supreme Court set the legal bar in workplace discrimination cases higher for older workers in 2009, but passage of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act would restore the pre-2009 standards. The bipartisan bill also addresses the type of evidence that may be submitted by older workers who file discrimination claims.
Companies that engage in workplace discrimination have many targets, including pregnant women. Pregnant New York women who are a part of the workforce should learn about workplace discrimination tactics, which can sometimes be difficult to identify and prove.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated that during its 2016 fiscal year, it had resolved 97,443 allegations of employment discrimination around the country. The agency also obtained over $482 million for individuals who were subject to some form of discrimination in local, state or federal government or private workplaces. The most frequent charges were those pertaining to racial bias, discrimination due to disability and retaliation by employers.
New York residents who are part of the LGBTQ community sometimes face discrimination in the workplace. While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans workplace discrimination that is based on sex, the law does not specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. However, some courts choose to interpret sex discrimination to include those characteristics.
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.
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.