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Protecting veterans against discrimination at work

Some people in New York might know that there are laws in place that protect people who may face workplace discrimination on the basis of such characteristics as race or religion. They may be unaware that there are similar laws that protect veterans from discrimination.

Sexual harassment in the law profession

Sexual harassment occurs in every type of profession and workplace in New York and elsewhere. As such, it should not be surprising that sexual harassment also occurs in the legal profession. However, a survey found that sexual harassment in the legal profession is particularly prevalent for both lawyers and other workers.

The practice of mandatory arbitration

Many employers in New York and around the country require their workers to sign contracts that include what are known as mandatory arbitration clauses. These provisions deny employees who are involved in disputes over issues such as discrimination or harassment the opportunity to argue their cases in court. Instead, they compel them to resolve their grievances before an independent third party and behind closed doors.

Bill proposed to look at ways to end workplace harassment

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.

Female employees face more discipline

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.

Salary disparity in the tech field continues.

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.

How breastfeeding discrimination leads to job loss

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.

Report says racism present at Tesla

A report published by the New York Times examined the dynamics at a Tesla factory and found evidence of racism in the workplace. The newspaper spoke with more than 24 former and current black employees of the carmaker, who said they had experienced racist taunts, seen swastikas drawn in company bathrooms, been forced to perform degrading tasks and been denied promotions.

Age discrimination in the tech industry

Many people in New York experience ageism, which is discrimination based on their age. The problem is especially concerning in the tech industry, where there may be a perception that younger workers are more suited to the fast-paced environment. Employers who discriminate against someone due to his or her age risk facing legal consequences.

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