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Why older Americans need more protection at work

Making a derogatory comment to an employee who is 40 or older could be considered age discrimination. This is because they are protected by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Generally speaking, older employees are at a higher risk of being terminated, demoted or otherwise treated poorly at work because of their age. This is partially because companies may not believe that they can continue to learn and grow as technology evolves.

Results of workplace discrimination survey released

Discrimination in the workplace is far more common in New York and around the country than it is in Europe according to a recent survey from Glassdoor. The review website polled workers from the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and the results suggest that discrimination in the workplace based on race, gender, age or sexual orientation is more prevalent where English is the primary language. More than 6 out of 10 of the American workers surveyed and over half of the British workers polled said that they had witnessed or experienced workplace discrimination. In France and Germany, the figures fell to 43% and 37%, respectively.

Study examines workplace discrimination

Employers in New York are required by law to provide their employees with a safe working environment, and they are prohibited from discriminating against employees or potential employees on the basis of race or other protected characteristics. According to a study by Glassdoor, though, around 33% of working adults have witnessed or experienced racism at work. The study involved responses from more than 5,000 people and found that 55% of workers in the U.S. thought their companies should increase efforts toward diversity and inclusion.

People take criticism worse from women

The results of a university study indicate that both men and women have more negative reactions when they receive criticism from a woman than from a man. This has implications for the future of workplace leadership in New York and across the country. It may mean that women in leadership positions will turn to less-than-optimal management strategies in order to be heard or that they may have less interest in leadership in the first place.

UPS settles pregnancy discrimination case with EEOC out of court

The United Parcel Service, Inc. has reached a conciliation agreement with the New York district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to make workers who experienced pregnancy discrimination financially whole. The district office's director praised the global delivery company for resolving the problem outside of court. The settlement calls for $2.25 million in payments to employees who incurred losses due to pregnancy discrimination from 2012 to 2014. The agreement calculates payments based on the difference between short-term disability pay collected by workers and what they would have earned on the job.

Remedying discrimination against government employees

When federal employees in New York face discrimination in the workplace, they may turn to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to pursue a complaint about the mistreatment. The EEOC is a federal agency that deals with issues related to employment discrimination. It has the power to issue orders providing relief to victims of discrimination in both the federal government and private corporations. There are several types of remedies that the EEOC can order for a government worker found to be subjected to disparate treatment discrimination on the job.

The EEOC's record on discrimination

Federal law prohibits discrimination in New York workplaces based on characteristics like sex, race, national origin, disability and religion. The federal agency that oversees and enforces these laws is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, better known as the EEOC. In recent years, some individuals and organizations have begun to question the effectiveness of the EEOC in protecting the rights of workers.

Selective enforcement may be discrimination

Workers in New York and around the country typically strive to follow an employer's rules about workplace conduct. When an employee fails to follow the rules, employers are allowed to appropriately discipline the worker. However, there are circumstances in which a worker who is a member of a protected class may be able to take action against an employer for selectively enforcing rules in a way that could be discriminatory.

Riot Games settles gender discrimination lawsuit

Some New York gamers may have heard about a class action lawsuit brought against Riot Games in November 2018. On Aug. 23, the company released a statement along with the plaintiffs saying they had reached a settlement without going to trial. Riot Games said it felt like it had a strong case but that it was best for the company and its employees to move past the issue.

FMLA gives broad coverage for employee leave

The Family Medical Leave Act gives many employees in New York the right to take time off work to provide care for family members. However, the regulations put out by the Department of Labor give only a little direction regarding what the term "care" actually means. The DOL acknowledges that it includes psychological as well as physical care and covers situations where the family member cannot handle basic hygienic, nutritional or medical needs.

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