The #MeToo movement has had a huge impact on Hollywood and on other high-profile work environments. However, its impact on other industries in New York and across America is harder to measure.
Discrimination of any sort is not lawful in the workplace. Unfortunately, one form of racism that is still prevalent is racial discrimination. This happens everywhere. Simply reading the news demonstrates how often this takes place with stories like "Barbeque Betty" and "Cornerstore Caroline."
Many New York workers are still waiting for changes to overtime exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Department of Labor has announced proposed regulatory changes in the past, but an announcement in October 2018 pushed them back once more to March 2019. According to an announcement from the agency, the proposed regulation will include an updated salary level to be classified as an exempt worker. Public input will be sought on the proposed salary level and other issues related to overtime.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, almost 20 percent of adults in New York and the rest of the country exhibit some type of mental illness in any given year. This means that 43.8 million adults in America suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression or more.
New York workers being shorted on their paychecks is a very common occurrence. A recent study of low-wage workers throughout the country concluded that 25 percent of the people received pay that did not equal minimum wage. Shortages sometimes reached as high as $1 per hour. On average, the incorrect paychecks were $51 a week less than they should have been. Although the problem is common among low-wage workers, people at all income levels experience pay shortages.
People in New York who work at Walmart might be aware that on Sept. 21, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that it would not make accommodations for a pregnant worker and that this violated the law. The lawsuit is in connection with a Walmart warehouse in Wisconsin where several pregnant women said they were not permitted to participate in a program that allowed lighter duties for some workers.