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Discrimination continues to hold back women workers

Courts in New York and across the country are awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court over the legal understanding of sex discrimination. The Obama administration's Justice Department and several federal appeals courts say that the ban on sex discrimination includes a prohibition on discriminating against LGBT employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. However, other courts and the Trump administration's Department of Justice have argued that it does not. While this legal battle is continuing, there are also many standard sex discrimination issues that continue to affect women in the workplace.

Activists speak out against natural hair discrimination

African Americans in New York and throughout the country sometimes experience discrimination because of their natural hairstyles. Activists working for the Dove Self-Esteem Project and the CROWN Coalition recently organized an event on the West Coast to urge school administrators to accept natural hairstyles instead of shaming and disciplining students who choose not to treat their hair chemically.

Memo from Google employee claims discrimination, retaliation

Some people in New York may have heard that Google has faced criticism for its handling of sexual harassment in the workplace, which culminated in a walkout in November in protest. The company revised its sexual harassment policies in response, but critics say the system still does not protect employees, and the organizers of the walkout faced retaliation. Google has come under further scrutiny with the posting of a memo by an employee who says she faced pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.

Black women more likely than white women to be sexually harassed

A study that examined complaints of sexual harassment made from 1997 to 2016 indicated that black women may be more likely than white women to face sexual harassment at work. The study found that reports of harassment overall dropped by 40% during the period studied. New York employers are required by law to provide a workplace free of quid pro quo, or hostile work environment sexual harassment, but these remain problems in many companies.

EEOC funding insufficient for number of claims

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been closing more and more employment discrimination cases without investigating them. These uninvestigated, closed cases may be more common now due to a lack of Congressional funding and simultaneous pressure to reduce the backlog of cases. Employees in New York who have experienced discrimination in the workplace might be interested in the ramifications of this trend.

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.

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