Female workers in New York and throughout the country are covered by a variety of laws as it relates to being pregnant or a working mother. Applicable legislation includes the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, it is not uncommon for mothers to face discrimination in the workplace. In one instance, a woman was awarded $1.5 million after she claimed that it wasn't possible to pump milk at work.
Nannies fill a critical role in the lives of working people. They are professionals that parents trust with the care and keeping of their children, which are often the most important things in their lives. Unfortunately, the importance of the job performed by a nanny does not influence the way that parents treat them.
A lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Labor could have wide-ranging effects for employers in New York and around the country. The lawsuit targets the tech giant Oracle, and it alleges that over the past four years the company has cost workers more than $400 million in lost wages through discrimination.
A new rule written by the Department of Labor is moving through the review process and may soon take effect, potentially impacting huge numbers of workers in New York and across the country. The rule will be reviewed by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which is tasked with ensuring rules comply with agency requirements. The OIRA review process can take as many as 90 days without extension. That period may also be extended and there is no minimum period of OIRA review.
Any time a New York employer doesn't provide appropriate working conditions for breastfeeding employees, this arguably has a detrimental effect on society as a whole. According to a study, mothers who breastfeed are subject to major occupational harm. Over time, cases such as these can create a significant financial drain on society.