Discrimination in any aspect of employment based upon an employee's genetic information is strictly prohibited by Title II of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. Genetic information cannot be used by employers to make employment decisions and employers may not request, require, or purchase the genetic information of an employee. Although some narrow exceptions are defined regarding the acquisition and disclosure of genetic information, employers generally are prohibited from acquiring or disclosing this information.
Workers in New York may benefit from learning more about what disability discrimination is and the remedies available to people who are victimized by it. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, disability discrimination occurs when an employer covered under the Rehabilitation Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act treats an applicant or employee unfavorably due to a perceived disability. In addition, the discrimination may be prohibited if it focuses on the victim's prior history.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, age discrimination in New York occurs when someone, either an applicant or employee, is treated differently than others because of their age. However, according to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, it is only considered to be illegal when the individual in question is 40 years of age or older.
The New York Mets say that they fired a female senior executive on Aug. 20 because she failed to meet sales targets, but the former senior vice president claims that she was shown the door because her decision to have a child out of wedlock offended the team's co-owner. The woman filed a lawsuit against both the Mets organization and the team's co-owner on Sept. 10, seeking damages for harassment and discrimination.
On July 1, a New York speech therapy teacher filed a lawsuit in a Richmond County court alleging that his former supervisors harassed him and discriminated against him for being gay. According to the plaintiff, he was harassed for his sexual orientation in front of students and other teachers, and he was retaliated against when he filed a complaint.