New York employees who report discrimination and harassment in the workplace are not supposed to face retaliation afterwards. Furthermore, employers have an obligation to pursue these complaints in a fair manner. However, this does not always happen even in organizations like the Coast Guard.
Despite the passage of civil rights laws and advances in social justice over the years, many workers in New York continue to suffer from discrimination on the job. There are multiple different protected classes under the law. For example, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against workers based on race, national origin, sex, religion, disability or genetic information. Sex discrimination can also include sexual orientation, gender identity or pregnancy discrimination.
Employers in New York state and throughout the country are generally prohibited from making hiring decisions based on gender or age. However, a lawsuit filed by the former in-house attorney for Nokia accuses the tech giant of age and gender discrimination. The plaintiff claims that she was treated differently than male employees while seeking a promotion.
While New York has strong job discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ employees, many other states don't offer such protections. However, that could change thanks to three cases headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in October. In advance of those cases, over 200 American corporations have joined an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in support of a federal anti-discrimination law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers.
A lawsuit has been filed against New York news station NY1 by five female employees of the company. The suit claims that NY1 has made employment decisions that represent systemic age and gender discrimination. An attorney for the women says that he hopes to hold the company accountable for its actions and put a stop to discrimination against women in the media. According to a spokesperson for the company that owns NY1, the claims have no merit.
New York investors may be interested to learn that on June 5, it was reported that a former vice president of Goldman Sachs sued the company for sexual orientation discrimination. According to the former employee, his complaints regarding the discriminatory atmosphere that he experienced while on the job led to his firing.
Older adults in New York report that they have a difficult time seeking employment or pursuing promotions. While younger workers may be doubtful about the prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace, older people more frequently report that they face unfair treatment or penalties due to their age. Overall, around 50% of Americans said in one study that they believe age discrimination continues to pose a problem on the job. While only 43% of those under 45 agreed with this statement, 60% of those 60 and over said it was true.
Worker advocacy groups in New York and around the country have often accused Amazon of treating its warehouse and distribution workers harshly and forcing them to meet strict productivity requirements, but the Seattle-based retailer has rarely faced allegations of racial, sexual or religious discrimination. That changed on May 8 when a complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that claims Amazon treats black Muslim workers from Somalia and East Africa unfairly.
Workers in New York and throughout the country can file discrimination claims based on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will investigate claims based on Title II of that act. However, not many people understand that they can contact the EEOC about a genetic information discrimination concern. In 2018, it received only 220 such complaints, which was .3 percent of all claims that it received that year.
For LGBT workers in New York, the news that the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up several cases on workplace discrimination could be an opportunity or a threat. While many states and municipalities provide protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the interpretation of federal civil rights law is an ongoing battle. The protections that LGBT workers rely upon in many areas hang in the balance.