Harassment in the workplace is not new, and it's clear from news reports that it hasn't stopped. People constantly come forward to report new scandals and shed light on inappropriate behavior. These cases make it very clear that people face some serious risks in almost any industry.
For LGBT workers in New York, the news that the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up several cases on workplace discrimination could be an opportunity or a threat. While many states and municipalities provide protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the interpretation of federal civil rights law is an ongoing battle. The protections that LGBT workers rely upon in many areas hang in the balance.
Workers across many different industries in New York may have experienced sexual harassment or know of others who have. The Senate has proposed legislation called the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act in an effort to put a stop to workplace harassment. There is also legislation in the House similar to what the BE HEARD Act aims to accomplish. If approved, a variety of actions would be taken to help the legislation meet its primary goal.
Women working in New York are often concerned about the very real problems of wage and hiring discrimination. A recent study indicates that female employees may have one more issue to worry about -- they are more likely to be disciplined for real or perceived violations at the office.
Many women in New York have first-hand experience in a gender-based pay gap. Previous data shows the gap in some job sectors or industries can be larger than in others. The tech field has often shown to be larger than other industries. A recent study from a large employment agency shows that the pay disparity has improved slightly in some respects other areas continue to fall behind.