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.
Some New Yorkers who are older than 40 experience age discrimination at their jobs or when they apply for new positions. Discrimination against workers and applicants who are older than 40 based on their ages is prohibited under state and federal law. According to news sources, the Seasons 52 restaurant chain, which is owned by Darden Restaurants, recently settled an age discrimination lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of almost $3 million for discriminating against older workers at 35 restaurant locations across the country.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is part of the bipartisan group proposing a bill called Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment. It would create a legal limitation on the use of arbitration agreements to cover up allegations of sexual harassment in workplaces. The bill calls for the exclusion of sexual harassment and gender discrimination from the terms of employment agreements that mandate arbitration as the only method for dispute resolution between workers and employers.
Managers and supervisors in New York should avoid criticizing employees for taking time off for medical treatment and recovery. Even if a worker does not officially take a leave under the terms of the Family Medical Leave Act, time off that could have qualified as FMLA leave could still entitle an employee to protection from retaliation or interference.
Discrimination can be a major concern for many people in the workplace in New York and across the country. One group that has been impacted by employment discrimination as well as oppression and racism in other areas of life is Native Americans. Discrimination has ranged from overt racially discriminatory practices to actions that impact cultural practices. For example, traditional Native American haircuts have been derided as unprofessional or inappropriate for the workplace. In other cases, negative stereotypes about Native Americans have been used to judge workers for injuries on the job or using sick time.