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Study finds cancer discrimination continues at workplaces

It can be devastating for New Yorkers when they discover that they have cancer. In addition to dealing with the treatments and their disease, some cancer patients are also discriminated against by their employers because of their conditions.

The subtle forms of workplace discrimination

According to a study released on March 21, workplace discrimination in New York and throughout the country may sometimes take subtle forms or may not be immediately recognizable until incidents begin to form a pattern. However, this degree of bias may still be enough to lead to a lawsuit. Researchers identified several different ways in which people were discriminated against at work because of factors such as disability, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and pregnancy, among others.

Federal court recognizes sexual orientation discrimination

Although New York has state laws that prohibit discrimination against employees because of their sexual orientation, federal law has yet to adequately address the subject. A recent ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals broadened the interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to apply to people harmed by sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.

Salary history questions banned for new hires

Individuals who are seeking employment in New York City may be interested to know that employers will be prohibited from asking job applicants to provide a salary history. On April 5, City Council members voted 47 to 3 to pass a measure that addresses the differences in wages earned by women and men. The measure is applicable only to new hires, and does not apply to existing employees applying for a promotion or transfer or to public employees with salaries dictated by collective bargaining agreements.

Employers cannot ask to see green cards

New York new hires should be aware that their employers are not legally allowed to ask for work authorization documents when verifying their employment status. This is due to the Immigration and Nationality Act which allows all workers to choose from an approved list the valid documentation that they want to provide to their employer.

Court rules sexual orientation discrimination not protected

New York employees may be interested to learn that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has joined other circuits in ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, the court did reaffirm that gender non-conformity and same-sex discrimination were still actionable under Title VII.`

Ruling says no protections for gay employees

Individuals in New York who are concerned about gay rights should be aware of a recent ruling by the 11th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal appeals court in Atlanta, Ga. The three-judge panel ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not provide protections against workplace discrimination that is based on sexual orientation. The ruling is considered by gay rights advocates to be a setback in the expansion of workplace discrimination protections.

How to avoid religious discrimination at work

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.

Age discrimination suit against automaker

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.

Court rules that dreadlocks can be banned in the workplace

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.

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