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March 2018 Archives

Former bartender sues New York restaurant for race discrimination

According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a former employee of Red Rooster, the fine-dining location in Harlem discriminated against black men. The plaintiff began employment as a porter in 2014 and earned a promotion to bartender in 2016. He said that he usually represented the only member of his race among the ranks of bartenders at the restaurant where he believes that management wanted to avoid placing black people in that position.

Rideshare drivers seek minimum wage guarantee

In the latest battle for fair pay by New York ridesharing drivers, Uber and Lyft employees are seeking oversight from the city to ensure that drivers receive at least minimum wage for their work. The Independent Drivers Guild represents over 60,000 drivers in the city. Originally organized with Uber's support, the organization has since come into conflict with the company on multiple occasions.

Jury finds in favor of plaintiffs in age discrimination lawsuit

People in New York who fly United Airlines might be interested to learn that the airline has been successfully sued for age discrimination. The flight attendants, who are now 59 and 66, were terminated five years ago. At the time, they had a total of 70 years of experience with the airline. In 2015, they filed an age discrimination lawsuit against United in Denver.

Possible wage change for tipped employees on the horizon

New York State is considering a wage change for tipped workers. The change would prohibit employers from paying tipped workers less than the minimum wage. If New York adopts the wage change it would be the eighth state to do so, joining Minnesota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Hawaii. Tipped workers in these states earn more money and are less likely to live below the poverty line.

Gender discrimination may be higher in male-dominated jobs

Women in Long Island whose workplaces are male-dominated might be more likely to experience gender discrimination or sexual harassment than women in workplaces with an equal ratio of men and women or workplaces that are female-dominated. A 2017 study by Pew Research found that this was the case throughout the country.

2nd Circuit rules in Title VII case

According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does apply to discrimination cases based on sexual orientation. Rulings made by the 2nd Circuit apply to New York and surrounding states. The Trump administration had argued in 2017 that Title VII was not meant to apply to homosexuals in the workplace. The case in question involved a man who claimed that he was terminated after telling a client that he was gay.

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