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Court finds that experience ranges may be discriminatory

Age discrimination in the workplace is illegal under both the state laws of New York and federal law. Despite these laws, age discrimination continues to be a pervasive problem. People who are older than age 40 regularly experience discrimination because of their age.

Two women take on telecom giant for pregnancy discrimination

Women in New York and throughout the U.S. are challenging pregnancy discrimination practices of their employers. Two AT&T employees have filed a lawsuit against the major telecom alleging pregnancy discrimination. Due to attendance policies, the two employees were reprimanded and subsequently fired for missing work.

Disability represents major source of workplace discrimination

People with disabilities in New York frequently face difficulties landing a job. The rate of unemployment among people with disabilities reaches as high as 70 percent. Among those with jobs, their pay on average falls below their co-workers. Full-time workers with disabilities earn about $1,000 less every month than their able-bodied colleagues.

Media investigations reveal stories of age discrimination at IBM

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act is meant to protect workers in New York from workplace discrimination because of their age. Companies can employ tactics, however, that appear to result in age discrimination. Investigations of IBM by ProPublica and Mother Jones have revealed that approximately 60 percent of job cuts by the company involved people over age 40. This reflected the job losses of about 20,000 people during a five-year period.

Why suing an employer can be difficult

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbids most employers in New York from treating workers differently based on their gender, race or national origin. However, some companies still find ways to violate Title VII, and it's often difficult to file a lawsuit for discrimination. For instance, the time it takes to resolve such a case could mean delayed justice for a worker.

Court backs transgender worker's discrimination charges

LGBTQ employees in New York may want to know more about the latest developments in federal circuit courts regarding cases involving workplace discrimination. Recent rulings and appeals have indicated that employers cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In one ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of a transgender employee who was terminated after she revealed to her employer that she was transitioning.

Sexual harassment still an issue for many women

According to a Pew Research survey, 48 percent of women say they work for companies that have more women than men. Approximately 18 percent say that there are more men than women in their workplace, and that imbalance may lead to gender discrimination. Women who say that there are more men where they work report having trouble getting ahead at work or being treated fairly.

Lawsuit alleges gender discrimination at Vice

New York City is home to a number of high-profile media companies, a number of which have come under scrutiny in recent months for their treatment of female employees. Vice Media, the alternative, youth-oriented media outlet known for its television programs and online content that focus on pop culture, drugs, sex and scandal, has now been sued by one female former employee, alleging that the corporation engages in systematic wage discrimination against women.

Retalition remains most common EEOC claim

According to recent data, New Yorkers filed fewer claims with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2017 than in recent years. New York was in line with the nation as overall claims were down slightly from 2016. Overall, the EEOC recovered $398 million for claimants in the fiscal year 2017, which is $84 million less than in 2016. The EEOC is in charge of administering and enforcing federal civil rights laws against workplace discrimination.

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