The Supreme Court may rule on several cases that could affect some Long Island employees. The three cases deal with whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which covers employment discrimination on the basis of sex, extends to protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
New York employees are generally entitled to a workplace where they are not treated differently based on their gender. According to a lawsuit against Riot Games, female workers were subjected to discrimination and sexual harassment because of that reason The lawsuit was filed by one current and one former employee, and it claims that the company violated the California Fair Pay Act.
According to the American Civil liberties Union, or ACLU, Facebook is discriminating against New York workers and others with its advertising policies. Specifically, the ACLU says that women and those who don't associate with either gender are not being shown ads for jobs. The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of three women who claim that they didn't see ads for jobs in industries dominated by men.
Women in New York may want to research salaries using tools such as Payscale and Glassdoor to ensure they are being paid fairly. Experts say that while the pay gap between men and women is narrowing, it still exists.
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.