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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Senate bill aims to restore rights to older workers

Older workers in New York and around the country will regain important workplace protections if a bill introduced by two Republicans and two Democrats is signed into law. The U.S. Supreme Court set the legal bar in workplace discrimination cases higher for older workers in 2009, but passage of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act would restore the pre-2009 standards. The bipartisan bill also addresses the type of evidence that may be submitted by older workers who file discrimination claims.

The EEOC and New York discrimination claims

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated that during its 2016 fiscal year, it had resolved 97,443 allegations of employment discrimination around the country. The agency also obtained over $482 million for individuals who were subject to some form of discrimination in local, state or federal government or private workplaces. The most frequent charges were those pertaining to racial bias, discrimination due to disability and retaliation by employers.

Obama's order on LGBTQ employment discrimination

New York residents who are part of the LGBTQ community sometimes face discrimination in the workplace. While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans workplace discrimination that is based on sex, the law does not specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. However, some courts choose to interpret sex discrimination to include those characteristics.

Secret Service agents win compensation for race discrimination

New York residents may be interested in learning that on Jan. 17, the Secret Service agreed to settle a claim for $24 million. In the claim, more than 100 black Secret Service agents stated that their superiors cultivated racism.

Public comments sought by EEOC

New York companies and their employees will be able to provide feedback regarding a proposed enforcement guidance that addresses illegal workplace harassment under the federal anti-discrimination laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidance refers specifically to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the enforcement guidance is adopted, it will override four existing documents from the 1990s and a section of the EEOC Compliance Manual regarding harassment.

EEOC guide helps employers avoid national origin discrimination

New York employees may be interested in learning that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a guide on national origin discrimination. This document can help employees and employers understand what national origin discrimination is and what can be done to reduce the risk of any potential violations.

Identifying and dealing with workplace discrimination

Many New York employees face workplace discrimination due to their employment status, gender or family responsibilities. If they are being discriminated against for any reason, it can have an effect on their productivity and their ability to provide for themselves and their family members. In order to stop discrimination in the workplace, employees should know what it looks like and the steps they should take to stop it.

Justice Department issues final anti-discrimination rule

A new rule will go into effect on Jan. 18, 2017. Issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, it concerns the enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provisions. It is important for New York employers and employees to understand its provisions.

Former Disney IT workers file discrimination lawsuit

New York residents may have heard that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts fired 250 of its information technology workers and replaced them with non-U.S. citizens. On Dec. 12, 30 of the former workers filed a lawsuit against Disney in a federal court in Orlando. The former Disney employees are alleging that they were discriminated against based on their national origin.

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