Most New York residents are familiar with the social networking website Facebook. Now, Facebook's data center in North Carolina is at the center of a racial discrimination lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Nov. 22. The two plaintiffs in the lawsuit are one former employee and one current employee who allege that they were retaliated against for complaining about race discrimination.
Employers in New York should be aware that national origin discrimination occurs within many workplaces. Every year, 11 percent of the charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concern accusations of national origin discrimination within the private sector.
New York employers are required by law to accommodate their employees' religious practices as long as the accommodations do not interfere with business operations. One that employers may be asked to provide for their employees is an exception to the employee dress code. If employees wear religious garb to express their faith, they may be allowed to deviate from the standard company dress code.
Although a majority of residents in New York and the rest of the country support legislation protect LGBT employees from employment discrimination, federal legislation been repeatedly blocked by Republicans. However, the court system seems poised to accomplish what Congress is unable to.
While used sparingly these days, mandatory retirement ages can have negative consequences for New York employees or others impacted by them. In Pennsylvania, voters are going to decide whether to let judges serve to age 75 as opposed to the current limit of age 70. To some, a mandatory retirement age is borderline discrimination that wouldn't be tolerated if applied to any other characteristic of a worker.
A federal district court has ruled that a Nevada school district violated the civil rights of a transgender man by not allowing him to use a male restroom. The district had required him to use unisex bathrooms, which were not always available. While some courts had ruled this to be an acceptable compromise, an attorney who wrote an amicus brief for the plaintiff said that there is no restroom exception in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A New York resident seeking a new job typically wants to present the most positive information possible, and issues such as criminal history can be frustrating for individuals trying to make a fresh start. Concern about workplace discrimination against individuals with criminal records has led to many jurisdictions banning related questions on job applications. While the idea is that the lack of this information would potentially allow an affected applicant an unbiased review of qualifications, the reality is that employment decisions in this context could facilitate discrimination against other groups of individuals.
Reports from women who work in the tech industry, and minority women in particular, indicate that racism and sexism continue to be a serious problem in New York and throughout the country. In 2015, only 11 percent of leadership positions in Silicon Valley were held by women while at tech giants like Facebook, Yahoo and Apple, African-Americans held 3 percent or fewer leadership positions. One woman reported being told to her face that black women could not succeed at this type of work.
Disabled New Yorkers often face discrimination at work or while applying for a job. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, disability discrimination remains a problem of national scope. People who face workplace disability discrimination may have legal remedies available to them, however.
There has been a lot of advancement in LGBT rights in New York and across the country. However, the results of a new study show that there is still discrimination against the LGBT community in the business world.