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Employee claims he was fired from bank for his sexual orientation

New York investors may be interested to learn that on June 5, it was reported that a former vice president of Goldman Sachs sued the company for sexual orientation discrimination. According to the former employee, his complaints regarding the discriminatory atmosphere that he experienced while on the job led to his firing.

Age discrimination holds back older workers

Older adults in New York report that they have a difficult time seeking employment or pursuing promotions. While younger workers may be doubtful about the prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace, older people more frequently report that they face unfair treatment or penalties due to their age. Overall, around 50% of Americans said in one study that they believe age discrimination continues to pose a problem on the job. While only 43% of those under 45 agreed with this statement, 60% of those 60 and over said it was true.

EEOC complaint accuses Amazon of religious discrimination

Worker advocacy groups in New York and around the country have often accused Amazon of treating its warehouse and distribution workers harshly and forcing them to meet strict productivity requirements, but the Seattle-based retailer has rarely faced allegations of racial, sexual or religious discrimination. That changed on May 8 when a complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that claims Amazon treats black Muslim workers from Somalia and East Africa unfairly.

The EEOC can help with genetic information cases

Workers in New York and throughout the country can file discrimination claims based on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will investigate claims based on Title II of that act. However, not many people understand that they can contact the EEOC about a genetic information discrimination concern. In 2018, it received only 220 such complaints, which was .3 percent of all claims that it received that year.

Supreme Court to hear cases on LGBT discrimination

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.

Surveys find the gender pay gap persists

The gender pay gap has declined since 1980, but women still lag behind men in income. New Yorkers may be interested to learn about a 2018 Pew Research Center study that found that women earned 85 percent of what men earned. A different study in 2017 by the Census Bureau put that figure at 80 percent. In 1980, women earned around 36 cents less than men per hour.

Providing assistance for diverse writers facing harassment

Texas residents may be interested in learning about the challenges some diverse writers are facing when writing for television. According to one study, 64 percent of diverse writers say that they had experienced some type of bias, discrimination, or harassment in the workplace. Fifty-eight percent said that they have experienced micro-aggression when in the writing room. The same number of individuals experienced push back when they would pitch stories with diverse characters in non-stereotypical roles.

Survey finds many insights about workplace gender inequality

Many workers in New York have probably overhead inappropriate comments about people of the opposite sex but felt unable to do anything about it. A survey conducted by Ranstad US of 1,227 workers found that half of respondents failed to speak up after someone directed an inappropriate comment at a colleague. Most people did not know what they could personally do to improve gender equality at work.

New York protects workers via new GENDA law

New York State passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) on February 24, 2019. It bans discrimination in the workplace based on a person's gender identity or expression of a preferred gender. A gender identity consists of an individual's real or perceived gender, including the individual's physical appearance, expressions or general behavior. GENDA protects transgenders and others who do not identify with their birth genders.

Nursing mothers have rights in the workplace

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.

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