New York workers often face gender bias and discrimination on a daily basis. For instance, failing to make eye contact with female colleagues while doing so for male colleagues is one example of potential discrimination. While most people don't intend to treat their colleagues differently based on their gender, it can still have an impact on how people perceive their role at work.
Products from Estée Lauder generally focus on the female market in New York, but a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission revealed how the company's paid parental leave policy favored women over men. The company settled the case with a consent decree that will split $1.1 million among the 210 male employees unfairly treated by policies that violated laws against gender discrimination.
Female employees at some of the largest corporations in Long Island and across the country continue to suffer from pregnancy discrimination on the job. A number of reports have highlighted that large corporations continue to discriminate against women who are pregnant or have recently given birth through denying them promotions, directing them to less lucrative positions or even terminating their positions. Despite the fact that many of these companies have in-house legal counsel to advise them about the illegality of workplace discrimination, studies indicate that the practices continue.
Many New York employees are aware of the #MeToo movement and may have seen demands for equality within their own workplace. However, even with the hype surrounding the #MeToo movement, gender discrimination is still prevalent. A recent poll showed that since 1999, there have been no major improvements when it comes to gender inequality in the workplace.
New York City companies with 15 or more employees must now provide mandatory sexual harassment training. This is one of the larger impacts stemming from a package of 11 laws recently signed by the city's mayor. City agencies will also be required to report any harassment complaints as well as the outcomes of those cases. The new laws will ensure that every worker is covered by sexual harassment protections offered in the Human Right's Law as well.
Female workers in New York and throughout the country may be victims of the wage gap. Research has shown that this gap exists in almost all sectors of the economy, and both the domestic and global economies could be larger if it were eliminated. It is estimated that the American economy would grow by $512 billion according to data from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The global economy could grow by $12 trillion if everyone were paid equally for equal work.
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.
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.
New York residents that work in computer-related jobs may be interested in learning that about 75 percent of woman reported experiencing workplace discrimination. According to the report, which was issued by the Pew Research Center, just 16 percent of men in the same industry experienced discrimination in the workplace.
The Pew Research Center recently released data on gender discrimination in the workplace. The release comes at an interesting time - a time when politicians and various members of the Hollywood elite are facing accusations of sexual harassment.