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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.

Steps employees can take to address gender bias

When women in New York experience gender-based inequality in the workplace, it may come in subtle forms. For example, men may interrupt women but not men. They may tend to make eye contact only with men in a mixed group or ignore women's achievements while lauding those of men. There are several steps people can take to address these actions when they happen at work.

Gatekeepers blamed for sexual harassment in media industry

A recent survey conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation identified the entertainment and media industry as a sexual harassment hot spot. The center's telephone survey of 3,213 college-educated employees revealed that 41 percent of women employed in media or entertainment jobs reported experiences of sexual harassment. The CTI co-president said that people's careers in this industry depend largely on the favor of gatekeepers who control access to influence, visibility and higher pay. The results of the CTI survey could be of interest to many workers in New York, which is home to several media companies.

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