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.
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.
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.
The #MeToo movement has had a huge impact on Hollywood and on other high-profile work environments. However, its impact on other industries in New York and across America is harder to measure.
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.
Although the job market is currently considered particularly strong, many workers in New York and elsewhere who are over the age of 45 are often difficulty finding work. Many of these workers have said that this may be due to age discrimination.
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.
Economic news in New York might boast of low unemployment, but older workers continue to face challenges in the workplace or while job hunting. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act officially protects workers over age 40 from unfair treatment, but age discrimination remains a leading cause of complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A senior adviser at the organization referred to age discrimination as an "open secret."
Many New Yorkers like to believe that military veterans are always treated fairly in the workplace. However, veterans who were discharged for minor offenses often have difficulty getting hired. In fact, the problem is so bad that the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities just warned employers not to discriminate against veterans who were discharged for certain reasons.
New York employees may be interested to learn that the majority of employees who have experienced sexual harassment at their workplace never reported the incident to their employer. A recent survey asked employees about their history with reporting harassment and whether the issue got resolved.