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September 2016 Archives

The Gretchen Carlson lawsuit

In July 2016, former Fox News employee Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against the CEO of the network Roger Ailes. In a relatively short period of time, she obtained a $20 million settlement, and he left the company within two weeks of the suit being filed. Those who handle discrimination cases noted that the case likely was resolved as fast as it was because it would have resulted in a unfavorable outcome otherwise.

Court says not hiring people with dreadlocks is permissable

New York employees who wear their hair in dreadlocks may have no legal recourse if they are discriminated against at work because of their hairstyle. A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer had not committed racial discrimination by refusing to hire a woman who would not cut off her dreadlocks.

Court rules independent workers retain certain rights

Independent contractors in New York might start to enjoy increased protection based on a federal court ruling involving a dancer in a strip club. In that case, the dancer sued to be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The strip club then countersued, claiming a breach of contract, and said that the dancer had to pay it dance fees she had collected from customers.

Age discrimination an ongoing workplace problem

Older New York residents who are looking for work might find themselves struggling because of their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects workers at or over 40 from discrimination, but an AARP study found that most older people believe age discrimination is still a problem in the workplace.

Gretchen Carlson case could inspire others

New York residents may have heard about Gretchen Carlson's $20 million settlement over sexual harassment allegations she had raised against the former CEO of Fox News Channel. In addition to the money, she also received a public apology. While Carlson received what could be described as a favorable outcome in her case, it is unknown if the result will encourage others to tell their own stories of abuse in the workplace.

Example of ageism claim plays out in the news

Some of our recent posts have discussed the employment law matter of age discrimination in the workplace. A recent news story about a lawsuit against HP shows that ageism isn't just a topic of legal conversation; it plays out in reality for some workers in the country.

More about age discrimination in the workplace

Our previous post began a discussion about a specific type of workplace discrimination that you might not often hear about. Sexual harassment gets a lot of attention in the media and even through work training. But someone can be discriminated against because of their age (older age), too. 

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